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Diamond Stitch

 
Diamond Stitch


Description:  The Diamond Stitch resembles both the Cross Knot and the Crown knot.  It's sometimes called the Box Knot, especially in vintage Macrame books.

Unlike the Cross Knot, it does not have a loop and is tied with two separate cords.  So it can be made after other knots have been tied.

When you make a Crown Knot, each knot rests on top of the previous one, which results in a stack.   In this design, the knots rest next to each other without stacking.  So it can be tied in a sennit and in alternating rows.

2018 Update:  This technique was removed from the Cross Knot page.
 
 
 
Square

Usually the knot will rest in a diamond shape, like the image at the top of the page. 

This image shows how the knot is square if the ends are vertical and horizontal.  That's why it's called the Square Stitch or Box Knot in vintage Macrame books.
 

 
Vintage Basket

The Vintage Basket is made with the Diamond Stitch.

Click on the link or image if you want to give it a try after practicing the knot.

 

Alternating

This is an image of an alternating pattern that was used to make one area of the Diamond Planter.

After you make one row, you simply choose one cord from two different knots to make the next row.

Click on the image or link to view the page.




Instructions

 
 
Fold
  Step 1: Secure two cords vertically on your board. 

Fold the left cord so the end of it is heading backward (away from you).

Secure the folded area.
 

 
Fold
  Step 2: Place a pin on the left cord 1-inch from the pin at the first fold.

Then fold it at the pin, moving it forward (toward you).
 


Designer's Tip:  The distance between the pins can be increased or decreased, depending on the thickness of the material.  You will quickly be able to determine the best placement after you make a few knots.  

Once you are familiar with this knot, try making it without pins.


 
Right
 

Step 3:  Mentally label the three segments of the left cord A - C as shown.

Move the right cord under segment C and over segments B and A, heading left horizontally.

 


Left

Step 4:  Move the right cord to the right, passing it under segment A, over B, and under C.

 


Left

Step 5:  Move the right cord to the left, passing over segments C and B, and under segment A.

Tighten the knot gradually by pulling on the ends.


 
Repeat

Step 6:  Repeat steps 1 - 5 at least 2 more times if you are practicing the Diamond Stitch.

Leave some space between the knots so they are more obvious.

 
 
 


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