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Cross Pendant

Cross Necklace


Description:  This Cross Pendant is easy to make and is a suitable project for beginners. This Macrame cross is made with only two types of decorative knots.

You can any type of material to make this Micro-Macrame decoration, but it looks better with delicate material (1.5mm to 3mm). 

To see a similar Macrame Pattern, go to the Beaded Cross.


Supplies Needed:
  • Cord Material (5 yards)
  • Project Board and Pins
  • Needle Nose Pliers or Tweezers
  • Fabric Glue
Knots Used:


Cut 4 cords, each at least 45 inches long. 

Prepare the ends to prevent unraveling.


Shamrock Knot


To form a base for the Lanyard knots, you will need to tie a Linked Overhand Knot.

The technique chosen for the Cross Pendant is called the Shamrock knot, but a Rosendahl's Bend works well too.

The ends need to rest in four different directions, if you prefer to start with a different knot.

First Overhand Knot  

Step 1A:  Make an Overhand Knot in the middle of one cord.

The crossing point needs to be at the top.

Don't tighten the knot just yet.


Second Cord  

Step 1B: Pass a second 45-inch cord through the first Overhand Knot.

Center it by matching up the ends, so there is an equal amount at the top and bottom.

It should pass over at the bottom and under the crossed area at the top.


Complete Second Knot  

Step 1C: Complete the second Overhand knot by bringing the upper segment downward (over) the crossed area of the first knot.

The crossing point for the second knot needs to be at the bottom, and rest inside the first knot.


Turn Sideways  

Step 1D: Turn the second Overhand knot sideways, so the ends are heading vertically.

The ends of the first knot should be horizontal.




Horizontal Arms

Secure Shamrock Knot  

Step 2: Secure the Shamrock knot to your board, with the ends arranged in four directions.

Place the design so it forms an X shape, to prepare it for the Lanyard knots.


Mentally label the four segments as follows:

  • LU = Left Upper
  • LL = Left Lower
  • RU = Right Upper
  • RL = Right Lower

Left Lower to Right  

Curve the left lower segment toward the right, so it passes over the right lower segment.

Secure it to your board. Make sure you leave a space for the fourth end to pass through.


Right Lower Upward  

Step 3: Fold the right lower segment upward, so it passes over the right upper segment.


Right Upper to Left  

Step 4: Move the right upper segment to the left, passing over the left upper segment.


Left Upper Into Space  

Step 5: Move the left upper segment down to the space formed by the left lower segment, when you curved it. (step 2).

Make sure you pass it into the space over - under (from the top).



Step 6: Tighten the first Lanyard Knot as much as you can.

The Cross Pendant looks best if the knots are tight and compact.


Knots Will Stack  

Step 7: Continue to tie more Lanyard knots until the sennit measures 2 inches

The knots will be “stacked” on top of one another as you tie them, and the sennit will get taller as you progress.


Design Tip: You can secure the sennit to your board more easily by placing the pin through it on an angle.

Two Ends to Right  

Step 8: The horizontal arms for the Cross Pendant need to be similar at both ends. So now you need to make another Shamrock knot, but with some changes.

Move the two ends on the left to the right, and secure them.


First Overhand Knot  

Step 9: Bring one of the ends on the right down and over the secured ones, rotating clockwise.

Pass it under the secured end, then complete the first Overhand knot.

The crossing point should be on the right.


Start the Second Knot   Step 10: Bring the remaining end over the secured ends. Pass it through the first knot, so it rests under the crossing point.

As you rotate it counter-clockwise, bring it under the secured ends.

Complete the 2nd Knot  

Step 11:  Complete the second Overhand knot, so the crossing point is on the left. Turn it sideways and tighten it.

As you tighten the first knot, apply fabric glue. Allow it to dry and cut off the excess material.


Horizontal Sennit   This is what the horizontal arms of the Cross Pendant will look like when you are through.


Vertical Portion

1-Inch Sennit  

Step 12: Repeat Step 1A - 1D to make a Shamrock knot, using the other two cords.

Repeat Steps 2 - 7 to make another Lanyard knot sennit, but stop when it's 1-inch tall.


Pull Ends Through  

Step 13: Secure the first sennit on your board horizontally, next to the new one, which should be vertical.

Use your pliers to pull two of the ends through two different loops at the CENTER of the first sennit.


Cords Through Loops  

Design Tip: I found it was better to bring the ends through loops along the outer surface of the horizontal sennit.


Flip the Cross Over  

Flip over the Cross Pendant, and do the same with the other two ends.  This way there are two cords in the front as well as the back.

Pull on all four ends until the vertical sennit is right up against the horizontal arms.



Step 14: Re-secure the vertical portion to your board, so the next set of knots can stack as before. They will rest on the opposite side of the horizontal arms.

Tie a series of Lanyard Knots to create the lower vertical portion of the Cross Pendant. The first knot should be tight, resting against the bottom of the horizontal arms.

Stop when the sennit is at least 2 inches. You can make it longer if you wish.



Step 15: You now have several options to consider, to finish off the ends:

You can tie the second Shamrock knot like you did in steps 8 - 11.

You can also use both ends together and tie a completely different type of knot for the bottom of the cross.

Another option is to add beads to the four ends, and let them dangle.

You can also apply fabric glue to the last Lanyard knot, and cut off the excess when it's dry.

Step 16:  Once the Cross Pendant is completed, simply pass cords for the necklace through it near the top of the 1-inch segment (step 12).

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