Learn how to make your very own, drool-worthy macrame wall hangings in this quick and easy 15-minute tutorial. You’ll learn the basics of this boho-inspired macrame including the most popular (and easiest) macrame knot – the square knot.
I’m “knot” kidding when I say you’ll be amazed at how simple and fun this project is!
What is Macrame?
Macrame is an ancient textile art that has regained popularity in recent years.
It’s a craft that uses cord/yarn to create knots in different designs and patterns. In the new age macrame, crafters have innovatively used macrame knots to design wall hangings, plant-hangers, keychains, and charms to name a few.
How Do I Get Started with Macrame?
Macrame is a very low-cost and low maintenance craft. All you really need is the following:
- macrame cord (or simple yarn)
- dowel or tree branch (if creating a wall hanging)
- measuring tape
Many macrame artists use a special yarn called Macrame Cord. Macrame cord is usually made out of cotton, twine, linen, hemp, jute, leather or yarn. The cord consists of equal length fibers that are twisted with each other to form a single strand
If you don’t want to invest in macrame cord, you can use simple yarn (as I did below in the tutorial).
Another thing to keep in mind is cord/yarn thickness (usually indicated in an “mm” measurement on the packaging of yarn). The thicker the yarn/cord, the more “chunkier” your knots/design will be. The smaller thickness yarns will result in more intricate and detailed knots.
My Macrame Yarn Selection
I chose to use regular yarn in the wall hanging in the tutorial below to prove you can macrame and create beautiful pieces with simple yarn (which you might already have laying around at home!)
The lovelies over at Love Crafts graciously sent be an assortment of gorgeous textured yarns, and I absolutely loved working with them!
I chose different thicknesses and materials to give more visual impact and interest in the wall hanging.
The ones I used in this project are:
- Recycled t-shirt yarn in White
- Paintbox super chunky yarn in Vanilla Cream
- Felted tweed yarn in Carbon
My favorite yarn of them all was this environmentally-friendly yarn, made out of recycled t-shirts! Yup – you’ll enjoy working with this smooth and sturdy cotton yarn and keep t-shirts out of the landfill to boot!
What’s not to love!?
The Macrame Square Knot- Step-by-step
There are only a handful of knots to learn in the art of macrame, and the most popular and easiest of them all is the “square knot”.
Let’s go over how to make this knot with some step-by-step instructions and pictures.
Step 1: The basic square knot is done by using 4 strings(attached to the branch using Lark’s Head Knot). The outer strings will be the ones that you use while the middle (inner) 2 strings will remain stationary.
To make the first knot take the rightmost string and fold it OVER the 2 middle strings and UNDER the leftmost string. It will look like a “Sailboat” sail
Step 2: Take the leftmost string behind the two middle strings and up and through the “sail”.
Step 3: Hold the tail of the left string and the right string in each hand and pull tight, until a knot is formed
Step 4: To complete the square knot, repeat steps 1-3, but starting with the leftmost string this time. Fold the leftmost string OVER the 2 middle strings and UNDER the rightmost string. This will form the “sail”
Step 5:Take the rightmost string behind and up and through the “sail”. Holding the right and left strings in each hand pull tight until a knot is formed
Step 6: You’re done! Your square knot is complete! If you want most square knots just repeat steps 1-6 over again. This is a basic macrame design and knot you will see in many tutorials online.
- -8 strands yarn, white (100 inches long each)
- -30 strands yarn, grey and beige (80 inches long each)
- -4 strands yarn, white and beige(70 inches long each)
- -12 strands yarn, white and beige (60 inches long each)
- -a tree branch, driftwood or a wooden dowel
- -measuring tape
- Take your 8 (100 inch long) strands and attach them to the tree branch using Lark's head knots. To make a Lark's head knot, fold the string in half and take the middle of each strand (forming a loop) and put it behind the branch. Take the loose ends of the strand and put the through the loop. Pull the strings down and your lark's head knot is formed. do this for all 8 strands and group them in 2's to make 4 groups
- With each group of 4 strands, follow steps 1-6 above and tie a row of square knots.
- Tape (or set aside) the 2 rightmost strands and 2 leftmost strands. You will not work with these. Take the first 4 strands on the left and tie a row of square knots.
- Take your next 4 strands and tie a row of square knots.
- Take your last 4 strands and tie a row of square knots.
- Tape (or set aside) 4 rightmost and 4 leftmost strands. You will not work with these. Tie rows of square knots for the 2 groups of 4 strands.
- Tape (or set aside) 6 rightmost and 6 leftmost strands. You will not work with these. Take your center 4 strands and tie a row of square knots. This completes the skeleton structure of the hanging
- Take your 30 strands (80 inches long each) and tie Lark's head knots along the bottom portion of the design. Use different colors, and texture yarns to create more interest.
- Take your 4 strands (70 inches long) and tie 2 Lark's head knots on each end of the branch..
- With the strands from step 9, tie a braid on both ends of the branch (using 4 strands).
- Bring the braids to the center and tie them together using a small piece of string
- Take your final 12 strands (60 inches long) and tie them onto the braid portion using Lark's head knots. In this design I tied 3 strands at the top of the braid, 2 in the middle and 1 at the bottom-center (and repeated this on the other side).
- I unraveled some of my chunky yarn, to give even more nifty texture variance. Just use your fingernails to unravel each strand of yarn.
- Take a pair of sharp scissors and cut/shape the bottom of your wall hanging
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