Use these expanded steps and photos to help make the pattern LW4723 Macramé Wall Art. Each step is written out and illustrated with photographs. For extra information on the steps, read our previous blog on the different types of macrame knots.
1 24” curtain rod (alternatively you can use a pipe or dowel of the same approximate size)
- Reverse Larkshead
- Half Hitch
- Square Knot
- Half Knot
- Diagonal Double Half Hitch
- Overhand Knot
knot-bearing cord = the cord around which knots are tied.
knotting cord = cord used to make knots
Wall hanging measures: 17″ (w) x 20″ (h)
Note: We are going to be working in columns instead of rows. Each column is numbered 1-48 working from left to right across the piece.
Step 1: Cut 24 7.5’ cords. Attach the cords to the curtain rod approximately 3/4” apart from each other using a reverse larkshead knot. You will know have 48 hanging cords, which we will count as columns 1-48.
You will need to secure the curtain rod so that you can work on the knots. This can be done on a large macrame board, a piece of cardboard covered with felt or simply by hanging the curtain rod up on the wall and working on the piece vertically as you sit or stand in front of it.
Step 2: Macrame a sennit of 24 half hitches using the cords in columns 1 and 2. Begin by working with cord 1 over cord 2 (left over half hitch). After six half hitches, the cord should naturally spiral on itself so that cord 2 now hangs to the left of cord 1. Macrame the next 6 stitches with cord 2 over cord 1 (this is still a left over half hitch because the cords have reversed position). You will have a total of 24 stitches worked in a series: 6 with 1 over 2, 6 with 2 over 1, 6 with 1 over 2, 6 with 2 over 1.
Step 3: Macrame a sennit of 3 square knots using cords 3-6. Cords 3 and 6 are used as the knotting cords worked around cords 4 and 5.
Step 4: Repeat Step 3 using cords 7-10.
Step 5: Macrame a single square knot using cords 5-8, leaving ~ ¼” space between the bottoms of the square sennits above and the top of this square knot. Leave another ~¼” space between the bottom of this square and the next step.
Step 6: Repeat Steps 3-4.
Step 7: Macrame a sennit of 18 half knot stitches using cords 11-14. Cords 11 and 14 are used as the knotting cords wrapped around cords 12 and 13. The sennit will naturally begin to spiral so that by stitch 6 cord 14 is on the left and cord 11 is on the right. It will reverse back to its original position by stitch 12.
Step 8: Repeat Steps 3-6 using cords 15-22.
Step 9: Repeat Step 2 using cords 23 and 24.
You should now have 24 columns started. They should all be the same length, approximately 3”. You will now be joining all 24 of those columns together using a series of square knots. Leave ~½” between the bottom of these columns and the tops of the next stitches.
Step 10: Repeat Step 3 using cords 1-4. Repeat again with cords cords 5-8, 9-12, 13-15, 16-20 and 20-24. You will now have 6 sennits of square knots next to each other, joining the first 24 cords together.
You will now create 5 rows of alternating square knots in steps 11-15. Leave ~ ¼” between the bottom of one square and the top of the next.
Step 11: Repeat Step 3 using cords 3-6, 7-10, 11-14, 15-18 and 19-22. You will have 5 square knots next to each other with 2 loose cords hanging on either side.
Step 12: Repeat Step 3 using cords 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-15, 16-20 and 20-24. This gives you 6 square knots next to each other across the row.
Step 13: Repeat Step 11.
Step 14: Repeat Step 12.
Step 15: Repeat Step 11.
Step 16: Repeat steps 2-15 using columns 25-48. You will make an exact copy of the left side of the wall hanging on the right side.
You should now have all 48 columns started. They should all be the same length, approximately 8”.
Step 17: Macrame a diagonal double half hitch using cord 1 as the knot-bearing cord and cords 2-24 as the knotting cords. To create the diagonal, pin the top of cord 1 to the board at the left, ~¼” below the bottom row. Pull cord 1 diagonally across the other 23 cords and pin it down on the right side of column 24, ~3” below the bottom row. Work the double diagonal half hitch across columns 2-24 from left to right.
Step 18: Make a mirror image of the diagonal double half hitch on the right half of the wall hanging. This is done by using cord 48 as the knot bearing cord and cords 25-47 as the knotting cords. To create the diagonal, pin the top of cord 48 to the board at the right, ~¼” below the bottom row. Pull cord 48 diagonally across the other 23 cords and pin it down on the left side of column 25, ~3” below the bottom row, matching the ending point of the diagonal that you’ve already worked on the left half of the piece. Work the double diagonal half hitch across columns 25-47, working right to left (beginning with column 47 and ending with column 25).
Your wall hanging should now measure ~11” at the lowest point of each diagonal line. Next you will use square knots to join the two halves of the wall hanging together.
Step 19: Macrame a square knot using cords 21-28. Hold 21 and 22 together in your left hand, hold 27 and 28 together in your right hand and use them as the knotting cords worked around the knot-bearing cords (23-26). This square knot should begin ~1” below the bottom of the double diagonal half hitches in the center of the piece.
Step 20: Repeat Step 19 using cords 15-22. Repeat again using cords 27-34.
Next you will be making traditional braids across the entire wall hanging. The braids will begin at the top of their columns and will vary in length but will end at the same point ~17” below the curtain rod.
You will secure each braid with a sennit of 5 half hitches worked with the furthest left cord as the knotting cord around all other cords in the braid (all other cords serve as the knot-bearing cords). End with an extra overhand knot on the knotting cord.
Step 21: Braid together cords 1-6. Separate the cords into three sets of 2 cords each (1-2, 3-4 and 5-6) then braid them ~8” long. Secure with the sennit of 5 half hitches as described above. Repeat with cords 43-48 to make a mirror cord on the opposite side of the wall hanging.
Step 22: Braid together cords 7-14. Separate the cords into three sets of 2 cords, 4 cords, 2 cords and braid them together to match the length of the cords in Step 21 (~7”). Secure with the sennit of 5 half hitches as described above. Repeat with cords 35-42.
Step 23: Braid together cords 15-20. Separate the cords into three sets of 2 cords each and braid to the length that matches the others, ~ 5”. Secure with the sennit of 5 half hitches as described above. Repeat with cords 29-34.
Step 24: Braid together cords 21-28. Separate the cords into three sets of 2 cords, 4 cords, 2 cords and braid them together to match the length of the other cords, ~ 4”. Secure with the sennit of 5 half hitches as described above.
There should be ~1” of each cord left hanging at the bottom of the piece. Trim up ends to make them all even if necessary. Over time, the cords will fray slightly, giving the appearance of 7 tassels hanging at the bottom of the wall hanging.