Free-Macrame-Patterns.com Logo
Free Macrame' Patterns Home Page
Macrame' Essentials
Learn Macrame' Knots
Micro-Macrame': Jewelry
Free Macrame' Patterns
Macrame' for Kids
Advanced Macrame'
Macrame' Dictionary
Contact Free-Macrame-Patterns.com
Acajou Crafts Banner
Basket Weaving
Free-Macrame-Patterns.com Left Side Background Image
 

Custom Search

Figure Eight Patterns


 

 Figure Eight Patterns



 

Description: Figure Eight Patterns are often used to create appealing Macrame designs, especially jewelry. This historical Celtic symbol represents the concepts of eternity, unity and love.

A sennit (chain) of these decorative knots will have the weaving common to all Celtic knots.

Single knots are used in the finishing steps of Macrame projects, and you can use them for linking cords to one another.


Five Figure Eight Patterns are described below:

  • The Single Knot
  • Figure Eight Tuck
  • Fisherman's Knot
  • Vertical Chain
  • Horizontal Chain

On a separate page is the Kinky Lover's Knot, which is two figure eights linked together in a unique manner.


 

 

 



Single Figure Eight
 

Single Figure Eight Knot

This type of Figure 8 can be used as a finishing knot, near the ends of cords, by tightening it firmly.

It does have a tendency to loosen, so using another type of knot on either side really helps.

 


 

 

 

  Bottom Loop  

Step 1: Secure one end of a cord to your board.

Make a counter-clockwise loop with the working end.

This loop is at the bottom of the figure eight.

Bring the working end over the secured end to make the crossing point.

 

 







 

  Top Loop   Step 2: Create the upper loop in a clockwise direction, by passing the working end under the secured end, moving from left to right.  

 







 

  Pass End Thru Loop  

Step 3: Bring the working end down, and pass it through the lower loop over - under (from the top).

 

 







 

  Single Figure Eight   Tighten the Figure Eight knot by pulling on the ends. 

Use the ends to tie other knots, or add glue while tightening if you plan to use it as a finishing knot.

 

 







 

  Stopper Knots  

This shows how the Stevedore Knot is used to secure the ends of a Figure Eight knot, to prevent it from coming out.

For more information, visit that page by clicking on the link.

 

 













 

Macrame Cord Divider

 

 

Figure Eight Tuck







Figure Eight Tuck


 

 

Description: The remaining Figure Eight Patterns on this page are variations of the single knot, even though they might seem a lot different than the first design.

This knot is made in reverse, and two tucks are added, which is where the name comes from. This is a much tighter knot, so it's a really good choice for finishing the ends of cords.

 

 

Loop in Center  

Step 1: Make a loop in the center of a cord. Cross left over right to make the crossing point.

Secure it to your board at the crook, with the ends at the top.  This is the lower loop of the figure eight.


 







 

Top Loop  

Step 2: Move the end that's now on your right under the secured portion, to form the upper loop (2) of the Figure 8.

The working end will be on the left when you are through.


 







 

Bring End Thru Loop  

Step 3: Move the working end down and through the lower loop (1), passing over - under the two segments.


 







 

Bring Same End Thru Top Loop   Step 4: Bring the working end to the top, and through the upper loop under - over (from below).

 







 

Use Other End  

Step 5: Bring the secured end down to the lower loop at the bottom of the design.

Pass it through over - under (from the top).


 







 

Figure Eight Tuck  

Slowly tighten the Figure Eight Tuck, until it's small and firm.


 

 







 

Macrame Cord Divider

 

 

Fisherman's Knot

Fisherman's Knot


 

 

Description:   Figure Eight Patterns are used in other crafts. This one is often chosen by fishermen to link cords and lines to each other.

It serves the same purpose in Macrame, so it's considered a "connection knot", similar to a Linked Overhand knot.

 







 

Step 1: Secure a holding cord (black) to your board, horizontally.

Place the working cord (brown) above it, secured on the left.

 

 

First Loop  

Make the first loop of the figure 8 with the working cord, in a clockwise direction:

Pass it under the holding cord, and then over it.

Move it over the working cord to form the crossing point.


 







 

Second Loop   Step 2: Move the working end down and under both cords, to the left of the first loop.

 







 

Cross Over the Center  

Step 3: Bring the working end upward, passing over the center of the knot, between the two loops.


 







 

Pass End Thru Loop  

Step 4: Bring the working end through Loop 1 (on the right):

Pass it under the upper segment, over the holding cord, and over the lower segment.


 







 

Fisherman's knot  

Tighten the knot by pulling on one or both ends.

Figure Eight Patterns usually look best when loosely tied, but this one is an exception; it should be tightened firmly.


 

 



 

Macrame Cord Divider

 

 

Vertical Chain

Vertical Chain


 

 

Description: Figure Eight Patterns can be used to create chains. This design is made by linking the knots so they rest side by side.

The knots themselves are arranged up and down (vertical). 

To view jewelry projects where this knot is featured, see the Celtic Bracelet and the Figure Eight Choker.

 

 

 

Step 1: You need a long piece of material at least 50 inches long.

Secure the left end to a Project Board or table. In the images below that's called the tail.

 

 

First Figure Eight  

Step 2: Make the Loop 1 at the bottom in a clockwise direction. Cross the working end under the secured tail to form the crossing point.

Make Loop 2 at the top, moving counter-clockwise. Pass the working end under to make the crossing point, as you bring the end back down to the lower right.


 







 

When creating Figure Eight Patterns like this one, it's important to make the loops the same size and fairly small.

Otherwise you will have to tighten the entire chain later on, and that's harder than it looks.

I recommend you make the loops around 1/2-inch in size, and tighten each one as you progress.

 







 

Link Bottom Loops  

Step 3: Make the next loop at the bottom by moving the working end in a clockwise direction.

Pass it through the first loop under - over (from below).

Make sure you pass under the segment on the right to form the crossing point. 


 







 

Link Top Loops  

Step 4: Make the next loop at the top in a counter-clockwise direction.

Pass the working end through loop 2 under - over (from below).

Make sure you pass the end under the segment on the right, as you bring it back to the lower area.


 







 

  Vertical Chain  

 

Step 5: Repeat steps 2 - 4 several more times.


 

 

 







 

Macrame Cord Divider

 

 

Horizontal Chain

Horizontal Chain


 

 

Description: Figure Eight Patterns like this one can be used to make belts, necklaces and items that require long chains.

This design is made by arranging the knots horizontally, and linking them to one another.

To view a jewelry project featuring this variation of Figure Eight patterns, see the Ripple Necklace.

 

 

 

Step 1: You need a long cord, at least 45 inches in length.

Secure the left end to your work surface or Project Board, arranged horizontally.

 

 

  First Loop  

Make the first clockwise loop a few inches to the right of the secured end.

Move the working end under the secured end to make the crossing point.

 

 







 

  Second Loop   Step 2: The second loop is made to the left of the first.

Bring the working end over the secured end, heading counter-clockwise.
 

 







 

  Pass Under First Loop  

Step 3: Bring the working end under the first loop.

Do not go through it.

 

 







 

  Loop for 2nd Knot  

Step 4: Make a clockwise loop to the right of the first Figure Eight, to start the second knot.

The end should pass under to make the crossing point.

 

 







 

  Link the Knots  

Step 5: Pass the working end through the right loop of the first Figure 8, heading from top to bottom.

Weave it over - under - over the three segments.

This links the two knots together.

 

 







 

Step 6: Now you repeat the process to form the second Figure Eight knot, and to start the third:

 

  Same As Step 3   Start Third Knot   Complete Second Knot  
  Repeat Step 3   Repeat Step 4   Repeat Step 5  

 







 
Important: Tightening as you progress is recommended. 

Leave enough space so you clearly see the shapes of the knots.







 

  Pass End Thru Loop  

Step 7: Continue to repeat steps 3 - 5 until the Figure Eight Pattern is as long as you want. Stop at step 5.

Pass the end through the loop furthest to the right, under - over (from below).

 

 

 

 

 



By using any text or images on Free Macrame Patterns, you are agreeing to our Terms of Use



Have any comments about Figure Eight Patterns? Contact Me.




divider


Bonsai

 

Macrame Cord Divider

 

 


 

 



Free-Macrame-Patterns.com Footer