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Double Half Hitch

Double Half Hitch

Description: The Double Half Hitch (DHH) is the primary knot used in Macrame. Most of the Macrame patterns in existence use this decorative knot in one form or another.

So this is an important decorative knot, and you must know how to tie it, or many patterns won't make sense to you.

By tying a series of Half Hitches with several cords, a raised bar will form. You can construct the bars in any direction, and even form elaborate shapes.

You will find Macrame projects where the direction of the bar varies to form a particular design, such as diamonds, leaves and angles.

Be sure to practice Double Half Hitch Patterns  and Vintage Diamonds to improve your skills.


Half Hitches need to be attached to another piece of cord material, which is called a holding cord (tan). You can also attach them to rings and dowels.

The cords used to tie the Half Hitches are called working cords (brown). Make sure you know the difference between the two.


Step 1: To practice the Double Half Hitch, secure least 3 working cords to your project board with pins, after folding them in half.

They should be vertical.

Horizontal Holding Cord  

Place a separate piece of material on top of the vertical cords.

This is the holding cord, and it should be horizontal.

It should be straight and have plenty of tension.

Half Hitch  

Step 2:  Move the first working cord furthest to the left over the holding cord, and then under it.

As you pull it down, it should pass over the working cord, so you are making a counter-clockwise loop.


This is a single Half Hitch, and you need to pull it tightly before you make the next one.

Important: As you tighten, pull the end slightly to the left.

Second Half Hitch  

Step 3: Make a second Half Hitch just like the first one, placing it to the right.

Pull the end straight down, so it rests between the two loops.

Steps 2 + 3 = one Double Half Hitch.



To make this knot in the opposite direction (right to left), tie the Half Hitches the same way.

You need to pull the end slightly to the right when you tie the first Half Hitch (clockwise loop).


First Half Hitch


The second Half Hitch is placed to the left of the first knot.   Pull the end straight down, so it rests between the two loops.  

Second Half Hitch


Use the Next Cord   Step 4: After you tighten the first DHH, use the next cord (2) and tie another one.

Raised Bar is Formed  

Step 5: Repeat steps 2 - 3 with the other working cords.

A raised bar will form, which is exactly what you are aiming for. DHH Patterns are not flat like Square Knots, which is why they are often used to outline other knot patterns.


Cord 1 Horizontal  

For the first row, a separate cord held the knots. Some Macrame patterns require you to use one of the working cords to hold the knots.

To practice, curve cord 1 horizontally to the right, across the others. Attach cords 2 - 7 to it with DHH (left to right).

Important:  You attach the working cords the same direction as how you moved the holding cord.

In the example above, the holding cord was moved from left to right.  So you start with cord 2 and progress towards cord 7.

Right to Left = Clockwise DHH

Left to Right = Counter-Clockwise DHH

Half Hitch  

In this example, the holding cord is 7, which was moved right to left.

Start with working cord 6, since it's the first working cord on the right


Progress Right to Left   Attach the remaining working cords to the holding cord, moving right to left.


Tightening is an important part of making Double Half Hitches.

Make sure you tighten the first one completely, or row of knots won't be neat.


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Diagonal DHH

Diagonal DHH


The Diagonal Double Half Hitch can be used to form a variety of designs. It's used frequently to make diamond shapes and V designs.

See Vintage Diamonds for more information.

It's very important that you know how to tie this knot diagonally, since you will see it often in Macrame patterns.

Step 1: To practice this variation of the Double Half Hitch, you will need 6 - 8 cords secured to your board.

They should be arranged vertically.
Diagonal Holding Cord  

Mentally number the cords. Use the cord furthest to the left (1) as the holding cord.

Secure it diagonally to the right. Place a pin at both the top and bottom. Make sure it's taut.


Half Hitch  

Step 2: Tie the first Half Hitch with cord 2, since you progress left to right (like the holding cord).

Bring the end over the front of the holding cord, and then under it, rotating counter-clockwise.

It passes over the working cord at the bottom.

DHH   Step 3: Pull the first Half Hitch tightly, and tie another one to make it a Double Half Hitch.

Progress from Left to Right  

Step 4: Use the remaining cords to complete the row. Each knot will be slightly lower on the holding cord than the one before it.

When you tighten the first Half Hitch, make sure the upper portion of the cord has plenty of tension, so that area is straight.


Diagonal Bar   The row of Double Half Hitches will have a diagonal bar.

Holding Cord Changes Direction  

Use the same holding cord and position it to the left.

Attach the working cords to it with DHH, starting with cord 7 (right to left).

When you tie these Half Hitches, you must pull the end towards the right as you tighten (clockwise).



The second Half Hitch is placed to the left of the first. 

Pull the end straight down, so it is resting between the two loops when you are finished.


Second Half Hitch


Two Rows of DHH  

This is what the two rows of Diagonal DHH look like when completed.

Remember: The direction and angle of the holding cords determine the shape of the bar.

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Reverse Double Half Hitch

Reverse DHH
Normal DHH  

This image shows a regular DHH.

Usually you place the dowel (or holding cord) on top of the working cords, so that the knot starts out from under the item holding it.

The knot is tied over - under - over.


First Half Hitch  

A Reverse Half Hitch starts out by passing the working cord over the front of the item holding it, in this case a dowel.

Bring the end under - over the dowel. Pass it under the working cord (counter-clockwise loop).


Second Half Hitch  

Make the second Half Hitch the same way, after you tighten the first one.

The second knot should be placed to the right of the first.


Reverse Versus Regular DHH   If you look closely at the two Double Half Hitch designs, the reverse variation has an X shape.

This is why the Reverse DHH is considered the same as the Clove Hitch.

Design Tip: These reversed knots are often used for Macrame tables.

By reversing the knot as you attach the DHH onto rings, the glass can rest on the inside of the ring, where the bar is located.

The Honey Pot Table features the use of the Reverse Double Half Hitch, if you want to see it in a real project.

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