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Alternating V Patterns

 
Alternating V Patterns
 
 

Description: Alternating V Patterns are tied so that the rows of Alternating Square knots form a diagonal edge along the outside, inside, or both.

The most common variations are described on this page. 

These designs are frequently seen in vintage Macrame patterns. You will often find them in wall hangings, plant hangers, and other projects from the early 1900's.


In general, dropping two or more cords, as you tie each new row of knots, will create a diagonal edge. 

But there are times where you increase the number of cords to form diagonal edges, so the V shape has the point at the top (inverted).

 

I left space between the knots so you could see the details more clearly. In an actual project, you will usually tie the knots so they rest close to each other.

When practicing these techniques, mount the cords to a separate holding cord, as I did in the images shown. Another option is to fold the cords in half and secure them directly to your board.


Make sure you know how to tie Square knots with 2 working cords and 2 fillers.

 
 

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Standard V Pattern

 
 

The photo at the top of the page shows the first of the Alternating V Patterns you will be practicing. This design is the most common pattern seen in Macrame patterns.

It is often called a decreasing pattern, since you reduce the number of cords used in each row, as well as the number of knots.

Step 1: You need 8 cords folded or mounted, so you have a total of 16 cords to work with. Mentally number them 1 - 16, moving left to right.

 

 
Row 1 = 4 ASK   Tie the first row of Alternating Square Knots (ASK) using the following groups of cords:  

 1 - 4        5 - 8        9 - 12        13 - 16
 

 
Row 2 = 3 ASK  

Step 2: Alternate the cords and tie the 2nd row of ASK as follows:

3 - 6       7 - 10      11 - 14

Notice that the two cords at each edge are not used (cords 1 - 2 and 15 - 16).

 

 
Row 3 = 2 ASK  

Step 3: Tie the 3rd row of ASK with:

5 - 8     and     9 - 12

The four cords at each edge are not in use.

 

 
Row 4 = 1 ASK  

Step 4:  Tie the 4th row of ASK with cords 7 - 10.

 
 

 
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Inverted V Pattern

 
 
Invered V Pattern
 
 

This V pattern is very similar to the first, only it's inverted, which means upside down.

This design is sometimes called an increasing pattern, since you add cords which each new row.

Step 1: You’ll need 8 folded or mounted cords for this design. Mentally number them 1 - 16.

 

 
Row 1 = 1 ASK   Tie the first ASK with cords 7 - 10.
 

 
Row 2 = 2 ASK   Step 2:  Alternate the cords and tie the 2nd row, with cords:

 5 - 8     and    9 - 12
 

 
Row 3 = 3 ASK   Step 3: Tie the 3rd row with cords:

3 - 6      7 - 10      11 - 14
 

 
Row 4 = 4 ASK  

Step 4:  Tie the 4th row of ASK with:

1 - 4      5 - 8      9 - 12     13 - 16

 
 

 
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V Pattern - Inside

 
 
V Pattern - Inside
 
 

This Alternating V Pattern is unique because the right and left edges are straight, with the diagonal edge on the inside.

Step 1: You’ll need 10 cords folded or mounted, so you have 20 cords to work with. Mentally number them 1 - 20.


 
 
Row 1 = 2 Knots   Tie the first row of ASK with cords:

 1 - 4    and    17 - 20
 

 
Row 2 = 2 Knots   Step 2: Tie the 2nd row of ASK with cords:

 3 - 6    and    15 - 18

 
 
Row 3 = 4 Knots   Step 3: For the 3rd row of ASK use cords:

 1 - 4       5 - 8       13 - 16       17 - 20
 
 

Row 4 = 4 Knots   Step 4: Tie the 4th row of four ASK with:

 3 - 6      7 - 10      11 - 14      15 - 18
 

 
Row 5 = 5 Knots  

Step 5: The 5th row should be tied with cords:

1 - 4       5- 8      9 - 12     13 - 16     17 - 20


 


Design Tip:  The black lines in the image above follow the inside diagonal edge of this Alternating V pattern.
 


 
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Inverted V Pattern - Inside

 
 
Inverted V Pattern - Inside
 
 

This Alternating V Pattern is an inverted variation of the previous design (point at the top).

The diagonal edge is on the inside, and the left and right edges are straight.

Step 1: You will need 20 cords to work with (10 folded cords). Mentally number them 1 - 20.

 

 
Row 1 = 5 Knots   Tie the first row of ASK using cords:

1 - 4      5 - 8      9 - 12     13 - 16     17 - 20
 

 
Row 2 = 4 Knots   Step 2: Tie the 2nd row of ASK:

 3 - 6     7 - 10     11 - 14     15 - 18

 
 
Row 3 = 4 Knots   Step 3: Tie the 3rd row of ASK with:

1 - 4      5 - 8     13 - 16     17 - 20

 
 
Row 4 = 2 Knots   Step 4: The 4th row is tied with: 

3 - 6    and    15 - 18
 

 
Row 5 = 2 Knots  

Step 5: The 5th row is tied with: 

1 - 4    and    17 - 20


 

 
Design Tip:  The black lines in the image above follow the diagonal edge of this Alternating V pattern.



 
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V Pattern -- Double Edge

 
Double Edge V Pattern
 
 

In some Macrame projects, you may be asked to create Alternating V patterns where there are two diagonal edges (inside and outside).

This type of design is unique in that there are only two knots in each row, except for when you make the point at the bottom.

Step 1: You need 10 cords folded or mounted, so you have 20 cords to work with. Mentally number them 1 - 20.

 

 
Row 1 = 2 Knots   For the first row, tie the ASK with cords:

 1 - 4    and    17 - 20
 

 
Row 2 = 2 Knots   Step 2: The ASK in the 2nd row are tied with cords:

 3 - 6    and    15 - 18

 
 
Row 3 = 2 Knots   Step 3: For the third row, the ASK are tied with cords:

 5 - 8   and   13 - 16
 

 
Row 4 = 2 Knots   Step 4: The ASK in the 4th row are tied with cords:   

7 - 10   and   11 - 14
 

 
Row 5 = 1 Knot  

Step 5: To make the point of the Alternating V Pattern, tie one ASK with cords 9 - 12.

The black lines indicate the double angles on the inside and outside edges.

 
 

 
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Inverted V Pattern - Double Edge

 
Double Edge V -- Inverted
 
 

This Alternating V Pattern is the inverted variation of the design above. There are only two knots in each row, except for the first, which forms the point of the V shape.

Step 1: You need 10 cords folded or mounted, so you have 20 cords to work with. Mentally number them 1 - 20.

 

 
Row 1 = 1 Knot   Tie the first ASK with cords 9 - 12.
 

 
Row 2 = 2 Knots   Step 2: Tie the 2nd row of ASK with:

 7 - 10    and    11 - 14
 

 
Row 3 = 2 Knots   Step 3: For the 3rd row use cords:

  5 - 8    and    13 - 16
 

 
Row 4 = 2 Knots   Step 4: The 4th row of ASK is tied with:

3 - 6    and    15 - 18
 

 
Row 5 = 2 Knots  

Step 5: The final row is tied with cords:

1 - 4    and    17 - 20

The black lines indicate the two diagonal edges of the Alternating V pattern.

 
 


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