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Celtic Cross

Celtic Cross

Description:  This beautiful Celtic Cross pattern is easy to make, and requires only two cords. It can be doubled, if you plan to use very fine materials (less than 2mm thick).

This Macrame pattern demonstrates the woven pattern typical of all Celtic decorative knots. The Satin Rosary includes this design as a pendant, which is the best way to use it.

I used Nylon Paracord to make the Celtic Cross shown in the example, but Satin and Leather work really well, too.



Supplies Needed:

  • 2mm to 4mm Macrame Cord, in two different colors
  • Project Board and pins (or tape)


Cutting and Preparing Cords

IMPORTANT:  Secure all the loops in some manner. 

When using Leather or Satin cord, use tape or the Cross-Pin Technique, to prevent the pins from damaging the fibers.
  • Cord A should be cut at least 30 inches long. 
  • Cord B should be cut 72 inches or longer, since it is used to make the necklace. 

To figure out the length of the second cord, just add 30 inches to what you need to make the necklace.

In the images, Cord A is yellow, and Cord B is green. 

Prepare the ends with glue or tape to prevent unraveling.



Cord A Details

Loop 1   Loop 1:  Use Cord A to make loop 1 in the center, so the right half crosses over the left. 

Loop 2   Loop 2:  Use the portion that is now on the left.

Make loop 2 in a clockwise direction, positioning it below and to the left of the first loop. 

Loop 3  

Loop 3:  Use the right half of the cord to make another loop. Place it directly across from loop 2.  Rotate in a counter-clockwise direction.

The working end should pass under to make the crossing point. 


Cross the two halves right over left, and secure them to your board.

The crossing point should be lined up with the center of Loop 1.

Cross Right Over Left  

Area 4: Cross the portion that is now on the right over the other half. Secure the crossing point.

The crossed area should line up with the one you made in the last step.


Cross Right Over Left  

Area 5: Cross the portion that is now on the right over the other half.

The crossed area should line up with the other two you made previously.   

The first half of the Celtic Cross is now finished.



Cord B  -- Weaving Process


Step 1: Fold Cord B in half, and secure it in the center, between the two parts of Cord A (near area 5).

Center Color B Cord  

The right half should pass under cord A on the right.

The left half should pass over cord A on the left.


Right End Placement  

Step 2: Move the right portion of Cord B backward to the left, passing over Area 5.

Bring it back to the right, passing under Area 4.

Continue backward and to the right, over Loop 3, then secure it.


Weave Through Loop 3  

Step 3: Make a clockwise loop with the right portion of Cord B.

Weave it under - over - under the three segments of loop 3.  


Pass Over Loop 1  

Step 4: Move the right portion towards the upper left area of the Celtic Cross.

It should rest on top of Loop 1.


Area 5 Weaving  

Step 5: Use the left portion of Cord B.

Weave it towards the right through Area 5, passing under - over - under the three segments.


Area 4 Weaving  

Step 6: Weave it back to the left, through Area 4, over - under - over the three segments.

Pass it under Loop 2.


Loop On Left  

Step 7: Make a counter-clockwise loop by weaving the left portion through Loop 2, over - under - over the three segments.


Loop 1 Weaving  

Bring it to Loop 1, heading left to right.  Weave through, passing under - over - under.



Step 8: Tighten the Celtic Cross gradually and evenly so itÂ’s balanced. 

Finish off the ends of the Cord A by securing them to the back of the cross and applying glue to hold them in place. 

Since the Cord B was cut longer, you can now use it to make the necklace.


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