Basic Macrame Knots

by Jesse Luginbuhl // updated on: February 23, 2023

Macrame Knots look beautiful and they are used to decorate for many years. They bring warmth and a lovely look to your home. With these knots, you can create different kinds of plant holders, wall hanging, and other things. You can create beautiful macramé projects by learning some simple types of knots.

Get Ready to Knot

Collect supplies before you are ready to learn how to macramé and you should familiarize yourself with some of the terms related to macramé.


Here are some things necessary to practice macramé knots.

 Macrame Knots

Macramé Cord

Macramé cord can be of any kind such as twine, cord, or rope made of hemp, cotton, synthetic material, or jute. It is available in several sizes, twists, and colors. Cotton cord or rope is used in this tutorial.


Support is needed to tie the knots. Some of the popular choices include branches, dowel rods, rings, or hoops. Here dowel rod is used for the knots.


Macrame Terms

Some important terms are necessary for you to know before starting a project.
Filler Cord: The set of cords or cord that your knots wrap around
Working cord: It is used to make actual knots
Sennit: A set of knots or knot that are worked in repetition

Lark’s Head Knot

The Lark’s Head knot also known as Cow Hitch Knot looks beautiful. This knot is used to attach macramé cords to an object like a branch, dowel, or an anchor cord. Fold the cord in half and place the loop over the dowel rod.

Reverse Lark’s Head Knot

In Reverse lark’s head knot, the bump is hidden in the knot’s back. Fold the cord in half and place the loop under the dowel rod.

Bring the round to the front and pull the two cords through the loop to tighten.

Square Knots and Half Knots

A square knot is popularly used macramé knots and you can create it as right and left facing.
A half of a square knot is a half knot. It can be left or right facing and depends on which side you started.
There should be at least 4 cords in square knots in which two are filler cords and two are working cords. However, there can be more cords too. The last and first cords are working cords. The middle cords are filler cords. These cords will switch places.

Clove Hitch

A Clove Hitch or Double half hitch creates a line. They can be worked diagonally, horizontally, and vertically on occasion.

Horizontal Clove Hitch

A horizontal clove hitch creates knots in series that go across the macramé project. In this knot, the first cord is the filler cord and the other are working cords. Take the left cord, filler cord, and horizontally hold them across the other cords.
Take the next cord and bring it forward around and up the filler cord towards the left to make a counter-clockwise loop.
Take the same working cord and to the right of the first knot taking it over, up, and through the loop. The two knots should be next to each other and this is a horizontal clove hitch knot.
Repeat the clove hitch knots and use the next working cord around the same filler cord. Make until you get the desired look.

Diagonal Clove Hitch

A Diagonal clove hitch makes a diagonal knots series in the project. Take the cord on the left, filler the cord, and diagonally hold it across the other cords.

Overhand Knot

This is a basic knot that ties several cords together. You can do it with one cord or multiple cords. Fold the cord into a loop and pass the cord’s ends through the loop to tighten.

Gathering Knot

A gathering knot or wrapping knot is a finishing knot that collects cords together. These are often found at the bottom of macramé plant hangers. There are two working cords and the rest of them are the filler cords.

Take a separate cord and it will be the working cord and form u shaped long loop on the top of a collection of filler cords with the loop facing downwards. Begin below the top end of the working cord wrap it around the filler cords and the loop. Ensure to leave some loop uncovered.

Pass the wrapping cord end through the loop at the wrap bottom. Pull the working cord end sticking up at the top upwards and bring the loop under the wraps. The loop should be enclosed in the wraps. The gathering knot is finished. Trim both ends of the working cord.

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