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Macramé For Beginners: 25 Easy Projects

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Macramé is a great way to start a fun and relaxing new hobby. We have curated 25 easy macramé for beginners’ projects that are perfect for those who are new to this craft. Each project is simple and enjoyable, making it easy for you to start creating beautiful pieces right away. Additionally, we have included instructions for the 3 basic knots to help you get started on your macramé journey with confidence. So, gather your materials, and let’s start making knots together!

Learn how to make these macrame for beginners projects. We provide easy designs like wall hangings, plant hangers, bookmarks, and more.

If you’re like us and love adding a personal touch to your home decor, then macramé is the ideal hobby to explore! With a few basic supplies and free macramé patterns, you can craft anything you’d like, from eye-catching wall hangings and cute little plant hangers to miniature household items like coasters and keychains for decor. Also, the process of knotting is incredibly soothing and satisfying. 

Macramé is constructed with creative knotting techniques that can result in beautiful, jaw-dropping creations. If you haven’t noticed, most projects listed below utilize some of the most popular and basic knots. However, we understand that as beginners, you’ll require a helping hand, which is why we’ve provided a step-by-step guide below to show you the three common macramé knots. 

So, gather your supplies, find a cozy spot to set up your workstation, and let the macramé magic whisk you away! Before you know it, you’ll be hopping on to more intricate designs as you get the hang of things, and each project will be a testament to your growing skills and artistic discovery. Let’s get right into it! 

What is macramé? 

As mentioned above, macramé is the process of tying ropes or cords together to create different knots that result in beautiful decorative pieces. Originating from ancient expertise used by weavers to complete textiles, it grew in popularity in the 70’s for its knotting techniques. Nowadays, it has become a favorite among crafters worldwide as it’s a fun hobby to be a part of, and it allows so much room for creative expression due to its simplicity and versatility. 

Whether you’re a novice or an expert at this craft, many would find this captivating hobby relaxing and creative. As you loop and tie each knot, you’ll find yourself unwinding and getting lost in the rhythmic process. On top of that, the supplies and materials are inexpensive and can be found anywhere, meaning you can start your journey without breaking the bank. So, what are you waiting for? Check out all the materials you’ll need below to get going! 

Supplies for Macramé Projects 

Finding the supplies is always the number one step if you’re wondering where to begin. You’ll only need a few essential items that can be purchased online or in stores. However, the items mentioned will only act as a general guide because each pattern’s requirements will differ and vary according to the design. If needed, you can purchase the full Macramé Kit here, but keep in mind it’s a kit best for plant hangers. Here’s what you’ll need to prepare: 

  • Macramé cords or rope
  • Macramé hoops or dowels or rings
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Comb or brush for detangling cords
  • Decorative wooden beads

How To Macramé: 3 Basic Knots

To get started on the macramé for beginners projects, it’s important to note that you’ll need to learn the three basic macramé knots: the lark’s head knot, the half-hitch knot, and the square knot. With these knots, you’ll be well on your way to creating beautiful pieces. Remember, this will be a general guideline to the easiest knots to grasp. It has many more knots to master with different variations and types. You can check out this article on Popular Macramé Knots if you’d like to learn more. 

  1. Lark’s Head Knot
This step-by-step guide will teach you how to make a lark's head knot. It's the fundamental knot that beginners should learn as it's the mounting point for diverse projects.

This knot is a fundamental mounting point to start a macramé project. It is very easy to make and provides a stable and secure attachment for cords to be mounted onto a dowel, hoop, ring, or anchor cord to begin a project.

Step 1: Prepare a working cord, cut it to your desired length, fold the cord in half to form a loop, and wrap it over the top of the dowel with the loop pointing down behind the dowel.

Step 2: Next, pull both ends of the working cord down through the loop. Ensure that the ends are of equal length.

Step 3: Pull the working cord ends to tighten the loop against the dowel and complete the Lark’s Head Knot.

  1. Half-Hitch Knot
Half-Hitch knot is very straightforward to learn in macrame. It involves making a loop and tightening it. It works as a base for other knots to be incorporated.

This knot is by far the simplest and most fundamental knot typically used as a component in more complex knots. It is done by wrapping a single working cord and tying around a filler cord. Here are the steps for making a Left-Facing Half Hitch Knot.

Step 1: Prepare two cords, with the working cord on the left and the filler cord on the right. Take the working cord and bring it over the top of the filler cord.

Step 2: Wrap the working cord around the filler cord and pass it through the loop on the left.

Step 3: Pull the end of the working cord down to tighten and form the Half-Hitch Knot, which is in the left-facing direction.

There are other knot patterns built out of Half Hitch Knots, such as the Right-Facing Half Hitch Knot, the Half Hitch Spiral, the Double Half Hitch, the Diagonal Double Half Hitch, the Vertical Half Hitch, the Vertical Lark’s Head, and more.

  1. Square Knots
Square knots are very simple to make in macrame. It lays the foundation for various designs and patterns and can be done independently or with other knots. It involves crossing two cords alternately.

The square knot is a commonly used knot that serves as the base for many macramé patterns and designs. The basic knot is made using four cords. To create the knot, you cross the two outermost cords alternately to tie a pair of filler cords in the middle. Here are the steps for creating a Left-Facing Square Knot.

Step 1: Prepare 4 cords, with the working cords on the outer left and right and the 2 inner cords as the filler cords. 

Step 2: Hold the left working cord and cross it over the two filler cords and under the right working cord. 

Step 3: Like braiding, hold the right working cord and pass it under the two filler cords and up over the left working cord.

Step 4: Pull both working cords and tighten them. You’ll now have a Half-Square Knot. Then, repeat the steps but in the opposite direction.

Step 5: Hold the right working cord and cross it over the two filler cords and under the left working cord.

Step 6: Next, hold the left working cord and pass it under the two anchor cords like before and up over the right working cord.

Step 7: Pull it tight, and you’ll have completed your first Square Knot, which is in the left-facing direction! 

Once you have mastered this knot, you can make other knots based on this technique, such as Half Square Knots, Spiral Knots, Alternating Square Knots, and more.

FAQs On Beginner Macramé Patterns 

1. How long does it take to complete a macramé project?

The time it takes to complete a project varies depending on the type of project, complexity, and size of the piece. Simple projects such as keychains, coasters, bookmarks, and bracelets could take an hour to three, and larger projects like wall hangings might take several days or weeks to complete. However, it depends on your skill level and the estimated time mentioned in each project. It will take some time for beginners to get used to the macramé knots, whereas experienced crafters can complete them faster. Just remember to enjoy the process and have fun. 

2. Can I use different types of cords for my project?

Feel free to experiment with various types of cords available in the market. For instance, cords made from cotton, jute, hemp, or synthetic fibers can produce pieces with different textures and appearances. These are the most common cord options that most macramé artisans use for their projects because they develop the best results. These cords are easy to tie, eco-friendly, and most of them are biodegradable. 

However, keep in mind that cords made of natural fibers are not water-resistant and may become moldy when exposed to moisture. If these options are hard to attain, you can also experiment with other materials in lieu of cords! These materials can be rope, string, yarn, or embroidery threads. If you’d like to learn more about cords, you can read this article, The Complete Guide To Macramé Cords, which touches on all the juicy details you’ll need.

3. How do I wash and clean my handmade macramé pieces?

We understand that since they are your handmade creations, proper care should be taken to preserve them and ensure their durability and longevity. However, since each macramé project varies in size and purpose, you would need to refer back to the pattern’s care requirements for accuracy. Nevertheless, here are some of the methods you can follow to ensure that your projects are safely taken care of. 

1. Hand-wash your pieces in cold water using a mild soap. 
2. When drying, lay it flat on a dry towel and roll it up to absorb the water. Avoid wringing or squeezing as it may damage the cords and tangle them. 
3. Once the towel has soaked up all the moisture, lay your pieces flat on a shaded surface, directed away from sunlight. Sunlight might cause your cord’s color to fade and wooden dowels to brittle. 
4. Finally, to keep your macramé looking fresh, gently dust it with a soft brush or cloth as needed once it has thoroughly dried. This will help to detangle the cords and retain their original shape.

4. How do I prevent my cords from fraying?

There’s nothing more frustrating than spending countless hours crafting your handmade pieces, only to step back and see the ends of your masterpieces fraying. In order to prevent this from happening, you can take a few preventative measures to make your macramé journey more satisfying. 

1. Tape the ends: Use masking, clear, or painter’s tape to wrap the ends of the cord tightly, creating a barrier that keeps the fibers from unraveling. 
2. Apply fabric glue: You can use Fray Check or fabric glue to prevent fraying. Apply small amounts to the end of the cords and let it dry. 
3. Use heat: This is only applicable to synthetic cords. Use a lighter to melt the very tip of the cords, just enough to create a small, solid bead. 

What’s Next?

  • Start your macramé creations and share your completed artwork with us on Facebook and Instagram! Don’t forget to tag us @madefromyarn so that we can see them. 
  • Remember to pin this post on your Pinterest board for future reference.
  • Don’t forget to share your macramé journey with our community to learn more tips and tricks from other crafters. 
  • If you love to loop and tie knots, then you must check out our various Macramé Patterns on our website. There are cute Plant Hangers, Wall Hanging Patterns, and gorgeous Friendship Bracelet Patterns

25 Free Macramé Patterns to Help You Get Started

Now that we’ve covered all the juicy details and nitty-gritty of this craft, let’s get right into the list. We’ve included various fantastic designs to spoil you for choice! Ranging from dainty keychains and simple bracelets to stunning DIY bags and plant hangers. You’ll find plenty of inspiration to kickstart your macramé journey! 

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