When you are finished, the tail at the top
would be woven into the overall design, or
brought down to be used to tie the next
rows of knots.
Another common technique is to add the
new cord with a reverseLarks Head knot.
Because you folded the cord in half,
you will have two
extra ends to work with.
The back of the Larks
Head resembles the two loops of a Double
Adding Cords to Those in Use
Macrame patterns often require you to add more
cords by tying them to cords that are already
present. The patterns will usually tell
you exactly where to attach the new ones, and
which decorative knot to use.
Here are things to consider if you want to make
changes or create items without a pattern:
Try to match
the knots when adding new cords to the
other ones in the area. They need to blend
This is especially important if you are
adding more than 2 cords.
patterns require you to add more than one
cord, so the pattern is the same right to
left or top to bottom.
See how this choker is the same at the top
and bottom edges? That's called symmetry.
When adding cords, you must be
prepared to add them in more than one area, even
if the pattern is not specific.
It's important to remember this concept, so you
don't up with lopsided designs. Once you
are finished, its usually too late to fix a
Adding with Square Knots
The most common decorative knot used for adding
cords is the Square Knot.
You see this technique frequently in Macrame
patterns, so be sure you know how to add cords
in this manner:
Step 1: Slide the new
cord under 2 of the cords already being
used, and center it by matching the
ends. The instructions will
usually tell you which cords will hold
the new one.
In these images, the cords already in
use are white. The new one being added
is the dark cord.
Step 2: Use the new cord
to tie the first half
of the Square Knot. The white
cords are the fillers.
3: Tie the second half of the
knot firmly, so there is no slack at all
above or behind the knot.
Another way to use a
Square Knot is to fold the new cord in half, and
place it beside two cords