This easy-to-make, yet attractive, wall hanging is 75cm (291/2 in) high and 22cm (83/4 in) wide and uses a repeat pattern that can be extended to make it wider or longer.
Knots used (images in gallery):
- Lark’s head knot (LHK)
- Right-facing square knot (RFSK)
- Alternating square knot (ASK)
- Overhand knot (OK)
What you need:
- 51m of twined or braided
- 2.5mm cotton rope
- 35cm wooden dowel
- Cut the following: 18 cords, each 2.8m (31/8 yd) long
- Tape the ends of your cords to keep them from fraying. Fold each cord in half and attach it to the dowel using a lark’s head knot (LHK).
- The chart (see below) for this wall hanging is divided into five sections. When section five is completed, the pattern repeats sections two to five until you have finished the pattern, ending with a repeat of sections two and three. To separate each section, leave a little space between the alternating square knots (about 6mm/1/4 in).
What to do:
1. For the first section, tie 2 right-facing square knots (RFSK) using the first 4 cords, skip 4 cords and then tie another 2 right-facing square knots using the next 4 cords, repeating this sequence to
the end of the row. Then tie 1 right-facing square knot on each set of 4 cords that you skipped the first time, a total of 14 square knots.
2. For the second section, skip the 2 first cords, then tie an alternating square knot (ASK) with every set of 4 cords. Skip the 2 last cords, to make a total of 8 square knots. Underneath each of these knots, tie another right-facing square knot to create a row of 8 sennits with 2 right-facing square knots in each.
3. For the third section, skip the first 4 cords, then tie an alternating square knot with the next 4 cords, skip the next 4 cords, tie another alternating square knot with the next 4 cords, repeating this sequence to the end of the row, to make 4 square knots. Underneath each of these knots, tie 2 more right-facing square knots to create a row of 4 sennits with 3 right-facing square knots in each.
4. For the fourth section, skip the 2 first cords, then tie an alternating square knot with every set of 4 cords and a right-facing square knot beneath (the same as in step 2), a total of 16 square knots.
5. For the fifth section, tie an alternating square knot with the first 4 cords, then tie 2 more right-facing square knots directly beneath it to create a sennit of 3 right-facing square knots. Make a right-facing square knot with the next 4 cords, placing it at the same level as the middle knot of the previous 3 knots. Repeat this sequence to the end of the row, a total of 19 square knots.
6. Repeat sections 2–5 two more times, then tie sections 2 and 3 once more.
7. Cut all the cords to the same length, then tie decorative overhand knots (OK) at the bottom of each cord. Fray the end of the cords beneath each knot to get a tassel effect
This is an edited extract from Macramé by Fanny Zedenius published by Quadrille RRP $27.99 (NZ price) and is available in stores nationally.Image credit: Kim Lightbody