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Double Buttonhole Stitch

Double Buttonhole

Description: The Double Buttonhole Stitch is a vintage pattern made with the Vertical Larks Head Knot.  The Square Knot is also part of the design. 

In the early days of Macrame, the Larks Head was called the Buttonhole Knot. It was named that because it was frequently used in patterns that require buttons, such as vests.

This decorative knot can be used as a clasp for necklaces, bracelets, belts and handbags, as well as for clothing.

Buttonhole Scallops and the Buttonhole Clasp are related techniques, and are often used together in the same Macrame pattern.


You need two 18-inch and two 36-inch cords to practice this design. Secure them to your project board or work surface, so they are vertical

Mentally number them 1 - 4, moving left to right. The long cords should be on the outside (1 and 4).


Tie a Square Knot  

Step 1: The working cords are 1 and 4.

The fillers are cords 2 and 3.

Tie a Square Knot using the working cords, onto the fillers.


First Half of Larks Head  

Step 2: Use working cord 4 to tie the first half of the Larks Head knot, onto filler cord 3:

Pass the end over and under cord 3, rotating clockwise.

Bring it over working cord 4 as you pull it right.


Second Half  

Step 3: To make the second half of the Larks Head knot, pass working cord 4 under - over cord 3, and under cord 4.

Steps 2 + 3 = one Larks Head knot.

Make the Next Larks Head  

Step 4: Tighten the first knot so it rests just below the Square Knot.

Repeat steps 2 - 3 to create the second Larks Head knot.


Larks Head Sennit  

Step 5: Repeat steps 2 - 3 until you have tied 4 to 6 Vertical Larks Head knots for the right half of the Double Buttonhole Stitch.

Most Macrame patterns will tell you exactly how many knots to tie, or the size of the sennit. 


Repeat the Process on the Left  

Step 6: Repeat Steps 2 - 5 to create another Vertical Larks Head sennit for the left half.

Use working cord 1 to tie the knots onto the left filler cord (2).   

Rotate counter-clockwise to make the loops.


Tie a Square Knot  

Step 7: To close the Double Buttonhole Stitch, you need to tie another Square Knot.

Use working cords 1 and 4, and tie it around filler cords 2 and 3, as you did in step 1.


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