Certain types of fringe require separate
pieces of material, which you need to
determine. You may be able to use
scraps instead of cutting these from the roll,
if the fringe is short.
Cord Measurements for Length
Now it's time to determine the cord measurements
for LENGTH. You should have several groups
of cords written down, such as primary cords,
holding cords, extras, etc.
You need to make the calculations for each
group, keeping them separate from one
These cord measurements include the finished
length, the length of the primary cords, and the
length of the remaining cords.
Step 8: Determine the Finished
The finished length is the size you are
aiming for, from top to bottom (or end
When I made the Fringed
Table, I wanted the
finished length to be close to 72 inches
(183 cm) from the ring at the top to the
bottom of the fringe.
The finished length is used to
calculate how long you will cut the
primary cords for that project.
The following cord measurements should be made
with a flexible tape measure or ruler. Write
down the results on your paper.
The details shown below are for the most popular
types of Macrame projects, just to give you some
basic guidelines for length
won't apply to every project. Just
do your best to determine what you want the item
to measure when it's finished.
making a plant hanger or hanging table:
Run your tape measure from the hook in
your ceiling down to where you want the
pot or table top to rest.
Make sure to include any fringe you plan
to make at the bottom.
making a Wall Decoration:
Measure the actual position on your wall
where the item will rest.
Be sure to include any rings, fringe, etc.
that will add to the overall length.
making a belt:
Measure the area where it will rest, near
your hips or waist. Add extra length
if you plan to make a tie to secure it,
like in this Window Belt.
Measure all the way around your wrist if
you are making a bracelet.
Measure around your neck (closely) if you
are making a choker-style
making a pendant necklace:
Measure from the back of your neck to the
area on your chestwhere the pendant will rest.
Multiply that by 2 to get the finished
Step 9: Length of Primary Cords
Look at your knotting plan to determine if the
pattern will have an open weave,or if the knots are resting close
Choose the most appropriate cord lengths,
described in Designs
A - C (below).
A: Open Weave
An open weave is a design where the
knots are separated by more than 1-inch,
so there are areas without anyknots.
This also applies to projects that have
only a few rows of knots, followed by a
long fringe without knots.
Simple braiding is considered an open
weave because there are no actual knots,
the cords just cross and fold.
the Finished Length by 2.5 if
the open weave is 50% or more of the
overall design, like
in this Lace
Partial Open Weave
This applies to Macrame designs where
there is up to 1-inch of space between the
the finished length by 3 if the open
weave is 25% to 50% of the overall
C: Closed Weave
applies to designs where the knots
rest close together.
the Finished Length by 4.
9, continued: Complex Knots
Certain types of knots are complicated,
with many folds. Chinese
for example, require more material than
Determine the number of complex knots in
the design, and multiply that by 5 inches.
continued: Determine the length of
the cords based on the information for Design
C above (closed weave), then ADD what you
need for the number of complex knots.
For example: Wall hanging with button knots
30 inches of closed weave (30 x 4 = 120
Five button knots (5 x 5 inches = 25 inches)
Total length is 120 inches + 25 inches = 145
Cord are often
FOLDED to form loops.
Sometimes a knot begins by folding
one or more cords. This includes
picots, as shown in the next
Your cord measurements MUST take
any folding into account, or they
won't be accurate.
the lengthif the cords are folded at
any point in your design.
Step 10: Lengths for Other Cords
In step 7 you wrote down several types of added
and/or extra cords. The cord measurements
for each type needs to be calculated
individually, depending on where they are placed
and why they've been added.
The most common situations are described below.
cords that are NOT USED to tie
any knots should be at least the finished
length + 8 inches.
the length if the cords are folded.
When holding cords are used to tie knots,
they should be the same length as the
primary cords (step 9).
The cord measurements that apply when
adding cords to widen
an area depend on where they are
Mentally divide your design into three
parts -- top, middle, and bottom.
Same length as primary cords.
1/2 the length of the primary cords.
1/4 the length of the primary cords.
Clasps made with knots
require at least 18 inches of material.
Saving scraps and remnants will provide
you with the short cords you need, so you
should always keep the longest pieces.