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Grace Catcher

Grace Catcher

Description:  The Grace Catcher is a great Macrame project for Easter holiday decorations.  It features a cross inside a ring, with a long fringe on the sides and bottom.  

This is an easy pattern, suitable for beginners.

Any size ring can be used, so I have given you a formula to determine the length of the cords. 

For help with the calculations, contact me.


The credit for this project goes to Sheri Dohner, who requested this custom pattern.

She made an extra-large Grace Catcher to help her church members learn about God's Grace in their lives.

Supplies Needed:
  • Cord Material - see below
  • Project board and pins
  • Measuring Tape
  • One Ring (4 inches or larger)
  • Masking Tape
Knots Used:


To determine the thickness of the material to use, use this formula:

  • Ring Size 4 - 9 inches -- Use 2mm Cord
  • Ring Size 10 - 14 Inches -- Use 4mm Cord
  • Ring Size 15 inches or more -- Use 6mm Cord

To determine the length of each cord, use one of these formulas:

  • Diameter of Ring x 8 for a long fringe
  • Diameter of Ring x 7 for a short fringe

The diameter of the ring is the measurement from side to side.

To determine the total amount needed for the entire project, do the following:

1. Multiply the length of the cords x 24.

2. Multiply the diameter of the ring x 14 for the extra cord used to wrap the ring.

3. Add the two numbers together to get the total in inches.

4. For yards or meters, divide by 36.

Creating the Cross


Step 1:  Cut 24 cords, each the length you came up with using the formula above.

Prepare all the cords with one of the methods described in Cord Preparation.

Cut one cord 14 x the diameter of the ring, so you can wrap it. 

Place 12 cords on your project board vertically.  Locate the center of each cord, and move down 10 inches.

Secure them at that point, so the shorter portion is near the bottom of the board, with the long portion at the top.

After they are all secured, place a piece of masking tape across them, to mark where the first row of knots will rest.

Step 2: Work from the tape downward, so you are making the top portion first.

Each knot should be tied using two working cords and two fillers.

Mentally number the cords 1 - 12, and tie left ASK as follows:

Three ASK  

Row 1: Tie ASK with cords 1 - 4, 5 - 8 and 9 - 12.

These three knots should rest next to the masking tape, in a straight row.


Two ASK   Row 2: Use cords 3 - 6 and 7 - 10.  This alternates the cords.

Total of 6 Rows  

Rows 3 and 5: Repeat Row 1

Rows 4 and 6: Repeat Row 2


1 ASK in Last Row   Row 7: Tie one ASK with cords 5 - 8.


Step 3:  Turn the Grace Catcher aroundRepeat rows 2 - 6 to complete the lower portion of the vertical segment.

You will need to reverse the direction and tie right Square knots, so the two ends match.

Measure the band to see if you need more rows of ASK. The entire vertical portion should be 2 inches less than the ring size.

For example: For a ring of 12 inches, the final measurement of the band should be 10 inches from top to bottom.

Once the size is correct, tie the last knot, as in Row 7.


Step 4:  Note that there are loops along the edges of the Grace Catcher (vertical portion). 

The cords for the arms will be placed here.

Arm Cord Through Loop  

Pass 6 cords through three spaces on the left side, and center them (total of 6 cords). Do the same on the right.

Make sure they near the tape rather than at the center.



Step 5:  You should now have 12 cords to work with, on both sides of the Grace Catcher. 

Mentally number each group 1 - 12, and repeat step 2.

Make sure you check the size of the arms before you tie the last ASK, like you did in step 3.

There should be at least 1-inch between the end of each arm and the ring.



Wrap the Ring

Reverse Larks Head   Step 6:  Fold in half the long cord you cut for wrapping the ring. 

Attach it to the ring with a reverse Larks Head Knot.  

The place where the cord is attached is considered the


Wrap the cord around the ring numerous times to cover it completely, pushing the wraps close together.  

One half of the cord should go one way, and the other will head the opposite direction. 

Where the two ends meet is considered the bottom. 

Secure both ends to the ring with Double Half Hitches.



Attaching the Cross


Step 7:  Lay the covered ring for the Grace Catcher on your work surface, so the top and bottom are straight up and down.

Place the cross inside the ring, so it rests in the center, and is balanced. 

Secure the ring and the cross to your board or work surface, with tape or pins.

Make sure the distance between the cross and the ring is the same at the bottom and top, as well as side to side (at least 1-inch).

Make adjustments if needed. 


Slide the cords under the ring, and attach each one to it with a Double Half Hitch.

Pull the cords as tight as possible, so there is plenty of tension.



Finishing Touches


Step 8:  Trim the ends in all four areas of the Grace Catcher, to neaten them.

At the top, you can weave the ends through the upper cross rather than make a fringe in that area. 

Or you can simply tie off the cords so the knots are in the back of the design.

At the bottom and sides, unravel each cord to produce a wavy fringe.  Make sure you include the ends of the cord used to wrap the ring. 

You could also attach beads, followed by Barrel Knots.


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Have any comments about the Grace Catcher? Contact Me.

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