When I hear macrame, I think of the 70’s when I was little and my mom making plant hangers. She also had a macrame owl and I remember a frog that she had made also. Macrame died out and is now coming back and I love the look of a beautiful plant spilling over a gorgeous hanger. I made a couple of simple plant hangers here and here and wanted a pretty wall hanging to bring macrame into the house rather than just outside on the patio. I also had a perfect spot on the wall in the foyer.
I started with a cactus “bone”. I don’t know what you call them but it is like a stick from a cactus. My youngest daughter found one in the desert on one of our hikes. A dowel can be used or a piece of driftwood or just any old stick from outside would do. I would have liked to make this in a white cord but the walls in our rental house are stark white so I opted for a dark teal color and used Macra-made by Premier yarns that I found at Hobby Lobby. If you want to learn any of the knots, I have a video where I show how to make them here.
I cut 16 cords at 4 yards each. I used a pub mirror we have on the wall to hold my stick while I made it. I folded each cord in half and added them to the stick with a larks head knot. This gave me 32 cords hanging from the stick to work with.
Once I had all of my cords spaced how I wanted them, I made a horizontal double half hitch knot across the entire top.
Using 4 cords I made a row of square knot across about 1 to 1 1/2 inches down from the top row. It will make 8 knots across.
The next row I started 2 inches down. From left to right I purposely skipped the first 2 cords and used the next 4 to make another row of square knots across. There will be 2 cords left at the end of the row and you should have 7 knots across.
The third row repeats the first row of square knots with using all the cords and 8 knots across.
For the center design, I divided the cords in half so I had a left side of 16 cords and a right side of 16 cords. Starting on the left side from the center out I did a diagonal double half hitch until there were 3 cords remaining at the very left side of the hanging. I then used them to make a square knot on the side, which is approximately 4 inches down from the full row of square knots. I did the same for the right side.
I joined the two sides back together using the 2 center cords from each side to make a square knot. I then used 2 cords from the previous knot and 2 new cords to keep making square knots to make the top half of the diamond pattern. I left the very far 4 cords out of the diamond. I repeated this for a second row.
I wanted a complicated looking knot in the middle so I used the 4 center cords and tied a Josephine knot.
After the Josephine knot I worked from the side back towards the middle repeating the square knots in the bottom half of the diamond. With the 4 cords on either side I tied another square knot to “cap off” the diamond shape on the sides about 2 inches down.
I dropped down 2 more inches and added a third square knot on the outside. The innermost cord of the square knot I used as the base for my diagonal double half hitch finishing off the diamond on each side.
I finished with a horizontal half hitch across the bottom. I cut the cords to different lengths and put a small knot at the end of each one.
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