How Many Macrame Knots Are There?
This is a common question I get in my classes and really there are only a few foundation knots and then variations of them. Macrame is such a great DIY craft since once you learn these foundation knots, you’ll notice a majority of the macrame pieces are created with knots you know!
Basic Knots of Macrame
Larks Head Knot (how you attach your ropes)
Square Knot (and Alternating Square Knot)
Half Square Knot (Spiral)
Clove Hitch (Horizontal and Diagonal)
And that’s it!
99% of my pieces are created with these knots.
Illustrated Knot Guide
To get you started on your macrame journey, I’d love to offer you my full illustrated knot guide! It includes a how-to-tie guide for all the foundation knots of macrame. Each knot has written instructions as well to help you with the step-by-step.
Interested? I’ll email it over!
What Tools Do I Need for Macrame?
When I started, I worked off a nail on the wall, a clothes hanger hung from a nail in a doorway, and off my shower curtain rod in the bathroom!
I always encourage you to work on your pieces hanging so you can see that rows are straight and tension is good. I now have a clothes rack I like to work from.
Types of Cotton Rope
Braided (I use this for plant hangers)
Single Strand (softer cord, needs proper tension)
3-Strand (best for beginners and untwists to fringe)