How to Make 6 Common Macrame Knots

Basic Macrame Knots

Macrame is one of the craft skills that’s currently rising in popularity. Macrame can be intimidating when you are just starting out as a newbie, but as you get the hang of it, it becomes calming and very soothing. It’s not only relaxing but it is also simple and it requires very few tools. You only need to master some of the common knots, and you’re already good to go. Here are six common knots that you need to learn to jump off your Macrame journey.

Reverse Larkshead knot

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This knot is the first thing you have to know in the art of macrame. It is the basic knot to start your series of knots. It’s simple and easy. First, fold your string in half and place it under the rod. Next, pull the line’s end over the rod and loop it inside and pull the end strings to lock. The result will look like a pretzel. This one is very important as it is part of the other knots you can make.


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In doing this knot, you will first need to do a set of the reverse Larkshead. The strings must be close to each other in order for you to start the half knot. Then, put the left string over the middle ones but under the right string, and then put the right string under the middle knots but over the left knot. Just continue and repeat the process, and it will create a spiral loop that looks like a DNA bond. This knot is also important to remember in order to make a square knot.

Square knot

This knot requires you to do the half knot first. Afterward, do the opposite. After doing a half knot, put the right string over the middle strings and under the left cord. Then, put the left string under the middle cords and over the right line then pull them together to secure the knot.


Half-hitch requires one reverse Larkshead knot, and the process is simple. All you have to do is loop one string on to the other and pull it to secure, do it repeatedly, and make a spiral. This one is easy to remember!

Diagonal half-hitch

The process is a bit similar to the half-hitch. The only difference is that you will be knotting all strings using one string. First, do a half-hitch using the furthest left thread to the first one in its right and pull to secure. Do the same thing to the other strings still using the left string, and the result would be a diagonal knot.

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In this knot, you will need three sets of a Reverse Larkshead Knot. The process is like braiding a hair, bring the first set (left) over the second set (middle), then bring the third set (right) over the first set, afterward get the second set over the third set. Repeat this and lock the knot with a half-hitch.

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