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Alternating V Patterns

 
V Patterns
 
 

Description: Alternating V Patterns are Macrame designs where the rows of Square Knots form a diagonal shape.

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

In some patterns, you can simply drop two or more cords as you tie each new row of knots, to create the diagonal shape. 

But there are times where you need to increase the number of cords to form the V shapes, so the point is at the top (inverted).


Make sure you know how to tie Square Knots and Alternating Square knots, before you get started practicing.


The Fringed Table shown above has V Patterns at both the top and bottom, so is a good Macrame project for practicing the first two techniques shown below.


 



Preparation 


When practicing all the Alternating V Patterns, start by doing the following:

Cut 10 cords, each at least 2 yards long.


Fold each cord in half and secure it to your project board.  Mentally number the cords 1 - 20.



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V Pattern #1

 
V Pattern 1

 

Of all the Alternating V Patterns, this design is the most popular.  You will see this technique in many Macrame patterns, both modern and vintage. 

It is sometimes called a Decreasing ASK pattern, since you reduce the number of cords used each time you tie a new row. 

 

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

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

 
Row 2
 

Step 2: Tie the 2nd row of ASK with cords:

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


 

 
Row 3
 

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

5 - 8       9 - 12     13 - 16

The four cords at each edge are not used.

 

 
Row 4
 

Step 4:  Tie the 4th row of ASK with cords:

7 - 10  and  11 - 14


 
 
Row 5

Step 5:  The final ASK is tied with cords 9 - 12.





 
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V Pattern # 2

 
 Pattern 2

 

Alternating V Patterns are sometimes made with the point at the top, and the widest area at the bottom. 

This design is sometimes called an Increasing ASK pattern, since you add cords with each new row. 

 

 
Row 1
  Step 1:  Tie the first ASK with cords 9 - 12, which will be in the center of the group.
 

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

                  7 - 10      11 - 14.


 

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

5 - 8       9 - 12       13 - 16
 

 
Row 4
 

Step 4:  Tie the 4th row of ASK with cords:

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

 
 

Row 5

Step 5:  Tie the 5th row of ASK with all the cords:

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



 
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V Pattern # 3

 
 Pattern 3

 
 

Alternating V Patterns like this one are usually incorporated into a Macrame design where diagonal lines are needed on the inside, rather than at the edges.

You might see a pattern like this when you have a diamond shape, followed by rows of ASK.  The knots will follow the diagonal slant of the lower portion of the diamond.


 
 
Row 1
  Step 1: Tie the first row of ASK with cords:

 1 - 4    and    17 - 20
 

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

 3 - 6    and    15 - 18

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

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

Row 4
  Step 4: Tie the 4th row with cords:

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

 
Row 5
 

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

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


 


 
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V Pattern #4

 
 Pattern 4

 
 

This is one of the most popular Alternating V Patterns on this page. I've seen it used in used in curtains and wall hangings.     

You can form a diamond shape by making this design, followed by V Pattern #3 (starting with step 2).

 

 
Row 1
  Step 1: Tie the first row of ASK with all the cords:

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

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

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

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

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

 
 
Row 4
  Step 4:  Tie the 4th row with cords: 

3 - 6    and    15 - 18
 

 
Row 5
 

Step 5: Tie the 5th row with cords: 

1 - 4    and    17 - 20


 


 
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 V Pattern # 5

 
Pattern 5
 
 

The last two Alternating V patterns feature interconnected ASK in a single line, with two diagonal edges (above and below the knots).  So there are no rows, just individual knots.

This is a great pattern to use when you are trying to make a Macrame project with very few knots, since the V shape really stands out. 


Important:  Make sure the Square Knots do not tilt on an angle.  The bottom of each one should be level with the floor (horizontal).

 

 
First 2
  Step 1: Tie the first two ASK with cords:

 1 - 4    and    17 - 20
 

 
2nd Pair
  Step 2: Tie the next pair of ASK with cords:

 3 - 6    and    15 - 18

 
 
3rd Pair
  Step 3: The next pair of ASK are tied with cords:

 5 - 8   and   13 - 16
 

 
4th Pair
  Step 4: Tie two ASK with cords:  

7 - 10   and   11 - 14
 

 
Row 5
 

Step 5: Tie the last ASK with cords 9 - 12.


 
 

 
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V Pattern #6

 
Pattern 6
 
 

This is the last of the Alternating V Patterns, so your practicing is almost over!

This design is inverted, which means the point is at the top.

 

 
First ASK
  Step 1: Tie one ASK with cords 9 - 12.
 

 
First Pair
  Step 2: Tie the first pair of ASK with cords:

 7 - 10    and    11 - 14
 

 
2nd Pair
  Step 3: For the 2nd pair, use cords:

  5 - 8    and    13 - 16
 

 
3rd Pair
  Step 4: Tie the 3rd pair of ASK with cords:

3 - 6    and    15 - 18
 

 
Last Pair
 

Step 5: The last pair of ASK are tied with cords:

1 - 4    and    17 - 20


 
 




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