How to macramé

Learn how to make some Insta-worthy decor with these easy to follow steps...

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Macramé, aka that woven, knotted textile you have been seeing all over Instagram for the past few months, has clearly made a comeback, shedding its fussy '70s wall-hanging skin, and transforming into a more subtle, boho-vibe, Pinterest-worthy interior trend. Best part about macramé is that you can do it yourself on the cheap. So don that velvet kaftan, get the incense burning, and follow these basic steps from Wool Couture to learn how to macramé...

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How to macramé a lark's head knot

This is the most simple knot going but you will need to know it if you want your macramé masterpiece to hang from a dowel or a ring (we have also seen branches being used for an even more organic vibe). See this as basically like the 'casting on' of macramé.

1. Start to macramé

Fold your rope in half and place the centre loop behind your hanger or pole. 

How to macrame a larks head knot step one

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2. Pass the ends through the loop

Take the two ends of the rope and pass through the centre loop. 

How to macrame a larks head knot

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3. Complete the macramé knot

Pull the rope tight to complete the knot. The top image shows what the knot should look like from the front, the bottom image shows what it looks like from the back.

How to macrame a larks head knot step three

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How to macrame a larks head knot step four

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How to macramé a square knot

A square knot is what the bulk of most basic macramé wallhangings are made from, so once you master this one you can cover every wall in woven rope if you fancy. 

1. Start a square macramé knot

To make a square knot you require two pieces of rope, individually attached using a lark head heat knot. Take rope A over the two centre ropes and under rope B. 

How to macrame a square knot step one

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2. Connect the macramé loops

Take rope B behind the two centre ropes and and through the loop created with rope A

How to macrame a square knot step two

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3. Begin the macramé knotting

Now take rope A over the two centre ropes and under rope B. 

How to macrame a square know step three

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4. Tighten the macramé knot

Take rope B behind the two centre ropes and and through the loop created with rope A. Tighten the knot and that's your square knot complete. 

How to macrame a square knot step four

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How to macrame a square knot step four

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5. Repeat the macramé knots

If you keep repeating these square knots you will get something like this...

How to macrame a square knot

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You can change up how many square knots you do on each row. So this is what you would get if you did two square knots on the first row, one on the second, and then back to two again on the third.

How to macrame a square knot

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How to macramé a half knot

A half knot is used if you want to create a sort of spiral effect, just see the below images for a better description.

1. Cast on

After 'casting on' with your lark's head knot, take rope A over the two centre ropes and under rope B. 

How to macrame a half knot step one

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2. Loop through

Take rope B behind the two centre ropes and and through the loop created with rope A

How to macrame a half knot

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3. Repeat to create the macramé spiral

Then just keep repeating steps one and two until you start to see the spiral forming...

How to macrame a half knot

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How to macramé horizontal clove hitch knots

This knot is used if you want to create a sort of solid line of rope, again probably best you just revert to the pictures to see the effect. 

1. Line up four macramé knots

Lay rope A across rope B and the other ropes that are included in the pattern. 

How to macrame a horizontal clove hitch knot step one

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2. Start to connect the knots

Take rope B behind rope A and pull tight. 

How to macrame a horizontal clove hitch knot step two

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How to macrame a horizontal clove hitch knot step three


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3. Repeat to complete the horizontal clove hitch

Repeat step two again, taking rope B behind rope A and pulling tight. You have now completed the horizontal clove hitch with the first rope. Now keep repeating these steps with every other strand of rope that is in the pattern. 

How to macrame a horizontal clove hitch knot step four

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4. Complete the row

Now repeat steps two and three with every other strand of rope that is in the pattern and at the end of the row your pattern will look like this...

How to macrame a horizontal clove hitch knot step five

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Top tip: If you're working from right to left, just take cord A from the right-hand side and mirror the knots that you have just learnt. 

How to macramé diagonal clove hitch knots

The diagonal clove hitch is exactly the same as the horizontal clove hitch, you just hold rope A at a diagonal angle and follow the instructions for the horizontal clove hitch. 

How to macrame a diagonal clove hitch knot step one

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How to macrame a diagonal clove hitch knot step two

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