I have wanted to attempt a Macramé project for a while, intrigued by the amazing images on Pinterest. The ongoing process of trying to sell our house, however, continues and has been keeping me busy. Trying to keep a house tidy with three young children is challenging. This Monday was a Bank Holiday and therefore I had another adult in the house to herd the children and referee the various injustices they inflicted on each other, which left me a spare hour or two to craft.
I haven’t tried Macramé before so I started practising a simple square knot. This is similar to tying a double knot around other strands.
I previously bought some gorgeous gold coloured macramè rings and I wanted to make a simple yet elegant wall hanging.
What you will need:
Two Macramè Rings – 6 Inch and 3 Inch.
1 Ball of Big Merino Drops Yarn in Mink
I love the Drops Yarn Big Merino. It is super springy and feels thick and luxurious, whilst being very reasonably priced.
Drops Mink is a lovely colour, very natural with a hint of warmth.
First cut 8 lengths of yarn approx 1 metre each. Fold each in half and attach to the smallest Macramè ring with a larks head knot.
Once you have attached all 8 lengths of yarn you can see the difference between the back of the larks head knots (first picture) and the front (second picture).
To start the square knot, move all but two sections out of the way. Take the fourth strand and lie across the two middle strands. Place the first strand over the top of the 4th strand, under the middle 2 strands and out over the top of the fourth strand. Tighten the knot and repeat the process but this time start from the other side. One square knot complete.
Repeat this process for the remaining sections. This will leave you with 4 square knots.
Move the first and last two strands out to the side, you will not be using these for this row. Repeat the process for making square knots for the remainder 6 sections.
You will now have three square knots which sit in between the original 4.
Move the first and last 4 strands to the side, you will not be using these for this row.
Repeat the previous process to make two square knots in this row.
Make a final central square knot in the last row.
Use a larks head knot to attach a 30cm length of yarn to the top of the small ring.
Then attach the smaller ring to the larger ring with another larks head knot using the same yarn.
I found it easier to complete this part of the project when it was hanging, as you need to make sure the threads are in the right place and evenly spaced. Tie the threads from the smaller ring on the the bottom of the larger ring and space them evenly.
Turn the whole piece around so you are looking at the back. Cut 52 lengths of yarn approx 70cm each.
Using a larks head knot attach them in the spaces between the knots.
Once you have finished turn the whole project around so you are looking at the front.
Now it is time to give it a trim.
I LOVE it, so simple, but so effective and elegant.