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Half Hitch Patterns

Half Hitch Patterns

There are several different Half Hitch Patterns used in Macrame, which can be used to make various types of decorative sennits (chains).

They can be used as part of plant hangers, or to make belts, bracelets, and other items that require a wide band of knots.

These particular designs all use holding cords, also called knot bearers. So the Half Hitches are tied onto them, rather than on each other.

When practicing, it helps to use a different color for these holding cords.

On another page is the Basket Stitch, which is a vintage technique. Multiple knot bearers are used to widen the design.


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Basic Design

Three Cords  

Step 1: Secure three cords vertically to your board or work surface. The holding cord is the one in the center (black), so make sure it's taut.

The other two are the working cords. They are used to tie the knots.


Use Left Working Cord  

Step 2: Use the left working cord to tie the first Half Hitch, in a counter-clockwise direction.

A Half Hitch is tied by moving the end over - under the holding cord, and over the working cord, as you pull it to the side.


Use Right Working Cord  

Step 3: Tie a Half Hitch in a clockwise direction, using the right working cord.

The Half Hitch is tied the same, no matter which direction you make the loop (over - under - over).


Half Hitch Sennit  

Repeat Steps 2 and 3 several times, alternating between the two working cords.

Make sure all the Half Hitches are as close as possible.

Paracord is thick and not as flexible as other materials, which is why the loops are more obvious.


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Basic Design Made Horizontally

Horizontal Half Hitch Sennit
I've seen several Half Hitch patterns where the knots are arranged horizontally. It's not as easy to tie a sennit this way, but it looks as attractive as one made vertically.

Here are the instructions if you run across one of these patterns:
Three Cords  

Place three cords horizontally on your board or work surface. The one in the middle is the holding cord, so make sure it's taut.


Lower Working Cord  

Use the lower working cord to make the first Half Hitch onto the holding cord. It should be tied in a counter-clockwise direction.

The knot is tied the same way as the others you have practiced (over - under - over).


Upper Working Cord  

The upper working cord is next.

Tie the Half Hitch onto the holding cord, moving clockwise.


Sennit Made Horizontally  

Alternate between the two working cords as you continue tying the rest of the sennit.

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Double HH

Half Hitch Patterns can be tied using two knots instead of one.

In some vintage patterns they are referred to as Two By Two Chains.

You need three cords, arranged vertically. Use the one in the middle as the holding cord.


First Half Hitch  

Step 1: Tie a Half Hitch with the left working cord onto the holding cord, as in the basic design shown above.


Second Half Hitch  

Step 2: Using the SAME working cord, make a second Half Hitch, just below the first.

Two Half Hitches = 1 Double Half Hitch


Right Working End  

Step 3: Use the right working cord, and make a Double Half Hitch (two knots).

Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 several times.


Double Half Hitch Sennit  

Half Hitch patterns look best if the knots are close together. So slide them up against each other as you progress.

Make sure you keep the sennit as flat as possible.


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Progressive Design

Progressive Design

Since you are busy learning Half Hitch patterns, I've added this unique vintage sennit for you to try.

It's called a progressive design, and requires four or more cords.

I've seen it in one book, written in 1899, but not in any of the more modern books.


Four Vertical Cords  

Step 1: Secure four cords to your board. You can use separate cords, or fold two in half.

Mentally number all four cords moving left to right. The holding cords are 2 and 3.  The other two are the working cords.


Half Hitches  

Step 2: Use working cord 1 to tie a Half Hitch onto holding cord 2 (counter-clockwise).

Use working cord 4 to tie a clockwise Half Hitch onto holding cord 3.


Right Working Cord   Step 3: Move working cord 4 around both holding cords (2 and 3), as you make the next Half Hitch.

Left Working Cord  

Step 4: Do the same with working cord 1, tying the Half Hitch around both holding cords.


Progressive Design  

Step 5: Repeat steps 2 - 4 until the sennit is the size you need.

Keep the knots close together as you progress, and tighten them firmly.



Design Tip: You can make Progressive Half Hitch sennits with more than two holding cords.

You would tie the Half Hitches onto one holding cord, then two, three and so on.

Be creative! Send me images of other unique Half Hitch patterns you come up with on your own.

I'll share them by putting the photos on our Facebook page.


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