Square Knot (in four steps)
A single tightened square knot.
Four square knot "sennit".
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Macrame has been around for thousands of years. Sailors created and perfected many of the knots on those long (and for the most part boring) voyages. With a few basic knots you can make all kinds of things. If you would like to see some additional knots, visit http://www.stonebrashcreative.com/MacrameTutorial.html.
1. Overhand Knot - The first knot we all learn to tie. If you tie your shoelaces, you are tying an overhand knot.
2. Larkshead Knot - a good way to attach cords to something else.
3. Half Hitch - a very basic knot. Some other more complicated knots are made up of half hitches. When you swap back and forth between two cords tying half hitches (as in the second photo) it is called an Alternating Half Hitch.
Another very basic knot. If you don't learn anything else, learn this one.
Shown are two methods. Try both and use the one that is easiest for you.
Left cord (red) goes over the center cords and under the right cords.
Right cord (blue) goes under the center, and comes up through the hole on the left.
Left cord (blue) goes under the center, and over the right cord.
Right cord (red) goes over the center and dives down into the hole on the left.
Horizontal Double Half Hitch
Lay cord #1 across the other cords and tie two half hitches around it with cord #2. I put a pin in #1 to give me something to pull against.
Pick up cord #3 and tie a double half hitch. Then tie with #4, #5 and so on to the end of the row.
Here's a whole row of HDHH.
A Diagonal Double Half Hitch is tied in exactly like a Horizontal Double Half Hitch. Except that the "carrier cord" (the one around which all the knots are tied) is held diagonally as the knots are tied, instead of horizontally.
Diagonal Double Half Hitch
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Left cord (yellow) goes over the center cords and under the right cords.
Right cord (red) goes under the center, and comes up through the hole on the left.
Right cord (yellow) goes over the center cords and under the left cord.
Left cord (red) goes under the center and comes up through the hole on the right.