You will need a foundation cord and 4 working cords such as: two 40” long and two 32” long.
Fold working cords in half and attach them to the foundation cord with a purl stitch in a way so that long cords are on edges and short cords are in the centre. One side of the cord must be 20”, the other one 12”; those cords which are 12” long must be situated in the centre.
Mentally mark all cords from the left to the right with numbers from 1 to 8.
The main pattern:
Step 1. Take the 3rd, the 4th, the 5thand the 6thcords and make a square knot or a double half hitch knot. Cords 4 and 5 must remain in the centre, whereas cords 3 and 4 are taken aside. It is more convenient to fix the cords which are taken aside with pins on a soft padding, for example, on a cushion.
Step 2. Take the 2nd, the 4th, the 5thand the 7thcords and make the second double half hitch knot right under the first one. Take the 2ndand 3rdcords aside and fix them; cords 4 and 5 must be in the centre, the same as in the first knot.
Step 3. Cords 1, 4, 5 and 8 are weaved in the same square knot. Take the 1stand the 8thcords aside; the 4thand the 5thones still remain in the centre.
All the three knots are weaved one under another.
Step 4. Leave ½” space and again mentally mark the cords from the left to the right from 1 to 8. Then repeat the first three steps.
Step 5. It is necessary to tighten all the knots and move the second group of knots closer to the first one. Now we have ringlets from cords which we were taking aside earlier.
Step 6. Continue repeating steps 1-5 till you get the necessary length of the garment.
A pattern from Japanese knots
You will need a foundation cord and 2 thick and relief cords 3” long.
Fold cords in half and attach them to the foundation cord with a purl stitch.
Step 1. Weave a square knot.
Step 2. Make a ringlet from cords 1 and 4, then fix it with pins on a soft padding, for example, on a cushion or on a soft chair back.
Step 3. Take cords 2 and 3. Make a free loop around the ringlet with cord 2. You must also take cord 3 and contour the ringlet with a free loop.
Step 4. Next weave Herculean knot from cords. Tighten the knot.
Step 5. Repeat the third step.
Step 6. Lower cords 2 and 3 down to the centre and then make one more Herculean knot with cords 1 and 4 around them.
Step 7. Repeat steps 2-6 till you get the necessary length of the garment.
The technique of weaving Herculean knot: put the right cord on the left one and throw it over the other one; then draw out the right cord from the bottom upwards with your left hand. Then put the left cord on the right one, throw it over the other one and draw out the left cord from the bottom upwards.
A simple pattern with beads
Quite a simple pattern decorated with beads will add a special style to your work.
You will need a foundation cord, 2 main cords 24” long and any beads you like. Make sure that thickness of the cord fits bead holes and the cord will go through them easily.
Fold working cords in half and attach to the foundation cord with a purl stitch.
Step 1. Make a square flat knot from 4 cords and tighten it.
Step 2. Variant 1. Thread a bead on central cords, take side cords aside.
Variant 2. Thread an elongated bead on each cord.
Variant 3. Thread beads on side cords.
Step 3. Make the second square flat knot leaving some space from beads. Tighten it and, holding central cords firmly, pull a knot a little bit up so that side cords make semicircles.
Step 4. Continue your work, repeating steps 2 and 3 till you get the necessary length of the garment.
The abovementioned patterns may be a part of this work, as well as the finished garment, e.g. a belt or a curtain, consisting of many patterns attached to each other.
You may also use different colors, thickness and texture of cords it will visually make your pattern look even more complex and attractive.
If you need longer patterns, you will have to prolong cords; it is better to make it at the place of a knot, sewing the cord ends together in such a way so that they are not seen on the right side.
We hope that this article will help you to master and use macramé technique for creating beautiful garments.