The Key Keepers on this page are 6
designs that can be used as key rings, or as
decorations on other handcrafted items.
All of these Macrame patterns feature picots,
which are small loops at the sides of the knot
design. They are all made with Square Knots
This is a good project for children to learn one
of the basic knots frequently used in
In the examples shown I used nylon
Paracord. When using this material,
make sure an Adult
heats the ends with a flame to melt the
fabric. Otherwise, the inner core will come
out. It's a good idea to add tape on the
tips as well.
Heating is also needed after you tie the finishing
A: Fold one cord in half
and place it through the ring with the
fold heading toward you.
Bring the ends down and under
the folded area. Tighten by pulling
on both ends firmly. >>
Square Knot Instructions
All the Key Keepers described below use the Square
Knot (SK) as part of the
design. Mentally number the four cords.
The working cords are 1 and 4. The fillers
are 2 and 3.
Step 1: Move cord
1 to the right, passing over
2 and 3 (fillers), and under
the fillers and over
cord 1, as you pull it out on the
Step 3: Move cord
1, which is now on the
right. It should pass over
the fillers and under
the fillers and over
cord 1, as you pull it to the right. >>
The first step to
making Key Keepers is to decide how you want to
arrange the picots. For this first design,
I'll show you a very basic way to alternate
Start by attaching 2 cords to a ring as described
in the mounting instructions.
1: Tie the first Square
Knot just below the mounting knots.
a 1-inch space. Tie the second
Square Knot, and tighten it firmly.
Push the second SK up so it rests just
below the first one. This forms the
first set of picot loops.
2: To change the size of
the next two picots, leave a 1.5
to 2-inch space. Tie the
Square Knot, and then push it up to rest
next to the 2nd SK.
steps 1 and 2 until the key ring
is the size you need.
You can finish the ends by adding beads, and/or
finishing knots, such as the Barrel
Key Keepers are great
gifts for the holidays, particularly this
design. It's shaped like a Christmas Tree,
and you can finish it so it has a wrapped "trunk"
at the bottom. You can also add small beads
before you tie each Square Knot, to decorate the
Start by attaching the cords to a ring as
described in the mounting instructions.
1: Tie one Square knot,
which should rest next to the mounting
space and tie the second
SK. Move it up to rest next to the
first one. The picots will be very small.
2: Leave a
1 inch space, and tie
the next Square Knot.
Move it up, forming the next set of
picots, which will be larger.
Leave a 1.5 inch space,
and tie the next Square knot.
Move it up to form the next picots.
Repeat this process at least 2 more times,
increasing the space between the
knots. I recommend you increase
by 1/2-inch each time.
4: Wrap one end around the
others 3 - 4 times to form the "trunk".
Pull a portion of the last wrap to the
side, forming a loop, and push the end
5: Select a different
cord. Bring it around the other
three cords, tying a Half Hitch as shown
in this image.
I recommend you tie a tight finishing knot with
the four cords. Apply glue as you tighten
Key Keepers need to be finished well so they hold
up with use. See the options listed in
Key Keepers can be made so the picot loops are
on one side or the other. In this design, the
loops change direction.
You can combine them with picots on both sides
(like the ones above), if you want to create your
own special design.
This vintage pattern is frequently seen in Macrame
projects of the 1800's.
Start by mounting the cords to a ring as you did
with the designs shown above.
1: Tie a regular Square Knot so it
rests next to the mounting knots.
Tie the first
half of a Square Knot (steps
1 and 2).
Pull a segment of the
right working cord to the side
and secure it with a pin.
Tie the second
half of the knot, and tighten it
so it rests next to the first Square Knot.
The picot will form on the right side
What makes this Square Knot pattern different
from the other two shown above, is that there is no
between the knots.
When you tighten each one, they should be next to
2: Tie the next SK as you
did the previous one.
When you tighten it, make sure the left
edge is flat.
3: Now you can change
sides if you wish.
Tie the first half of a Square knot, and
then pull a portion of the left
working cord to the side.
Tie the second half, making sure the right edge
is flat and the knot rests below the one
Step 4: Repeat
steps 2 and 3 several times, until the
sennit is the size you want.
The ends of all these Key Keepers need to be
finished, so use beads or other decorative knots
on the ends.
Beaded Key Keepers
The next two picot designs show what you can do
features picots above and below the
around the beads.
Mount the cords to a key ring. Tie one SK
under the mounting knots.
a 1-inch space, and tie
the second one. Push the knot up to form the
Add a bead to
Tie the 3rd Square Knot, and tighten it
firmly, so it rests under the bead.
a 1-inch space, and tie the 4th
SK. Slide it up to form a picot.
Key Keepers look great if you finish the ends
Pandora style beads have a silver or gold lining,
and are just the right size if you are using
Mount the cords to a key ring.
Tie one SK so it rests just below the mounting
Place a bead
onto the filler
Tie another Square Knot, tightening it so
it rests 1-inch
below the bead.
Slide it up so it rests against the bead,
forming a picot.
bead to the fillers. Tighten it the
same as the previous one if you want the
picots to be the same size.
Tighten the next SK 1.5
to 2 inches below the bead, if
you want the picot to be larger.
Slide it up to form the next picot.
Add beads and/or finishing knots to the ends.
By using any text
or images on Free Macrame Patterns, you are