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Interlocking Weave

Interlocking Weave

Description:  The Interlocking Weave is a technique sometimes used to make baskets.  It can also be used to make belts, place mats, rugs and more.

The design is similar to the Tabby Weave, where you use one working cord, weaving back and forth to create the pattern.  In this case, you have two working cords that link in the center, which is what makes it so unique. 

By changing the number and length of the vertical holding cords, you can make this design any size. 
Preparation:  To practice, you need 8 holding cords at least 18 inches long.
You also need 2 working cords, at least 36 inches long.

When using the Interlocking Weave in a Macrame project, you will need an even number of holding cords (6, 8, 10, 12, etc).   Use the formula below to determine the length of the working cords:

First, determine the finished width and length you are aiming for.  Add the two sizes together (in inches), then multiply the result by 6.  Cut the working cords to that length.  

For example:  A panel 2 inches wide + 4 inches tall = total of 6 inches.  Multiply by 6, which is 36 inches (1 yard).

Holding Cords

Step 1:  Secure the 8 holding cords to your board vertically.  STRETCH them so they have as much tension as possible.

Mentally number the cords.  The X in this image is the area where the two working cords will be linked.

Right to Left

Step 2:  Secure the first working cord to the right of holding cord 8, arranged horizontally.

Weave it through cords 8 - 5 (right to left), passing under cords 8 and 6, and over cords 7 and 5.

Secure the cord in the space between cords 4 and 5.

Left to Right

Step 3:  FOLD the cord where it's secured, then weave it through cords 5 - 8 left to right.

Pass under cords 5 and 7 and over cords 6 and 8, which is the opposite of step 2.

Read important information below.
  The term FOLD means that you start out with the top surface of the working cord face up.

After you curve it around the holding cord, you turn it upside down so the bottom surface that was touching the board is face up.

Left to Right
  Step 4:  Secure the second working cord to the left of holding cord 1, arranged horizontally.

Weave it through cords 1 - 4 heading left to right.  Pass it over cords 1 and 3, and under cords 2 and 4.


Step 5:  Pass working cord 2 through the folded area of cord 1, passing under - over the two parts.

Fold the cord, then weave it back to the left, passing over cords 4 and 2, and under cords 3 and 1.


Repeat 2 - 3

Step 6:  Repeat step 2, folding the right working cord around holding cord 8 before you do the weaving.

Repeat step 3, folding it again as you weave it back to the right.


Step 7:  Repeat step 4, folding the left working cord around holding cord 1 before weaving.


Step 8:  Repeat step 5.

This is a good time to tighten the weaving if you need to do so, pushing the rows close together (see image below).

More Rows

Repeat steps 6 - 8 several times, to make the Interlocking Weave panel longer.


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