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Larks Head Designs

Larks Head Designs

Description: Larks Head Designs can be very interesting to make.  On this page are several small Macrame projects that will help you gain experience with this decorative knot.

In addition, I've added a unique vintage technique that can be used in items like wall hangings.

Each design is made with the Vertical Larks Head knot.  Practice each one after you learn how to tie the knot (click on the link).

Make sure you use some type of project board, since you will need pins to secure the cords.

Projects Described Below:

  • Flower
  • Frame
  • Bracelet
  • Progressive Design


Larks Head Flower  

The Larks Head Flower features picot loops.

Important: Larks Head designs are difficult to understand if you don't know the difference between holding and working cords. Here's a reminder:

  • Holding = Knots are attached to this cord
  • Working = Cord used to tie the knot


Step 1: Cut one holding cord, at least 18 inches long.

Cut one working cord, at least 45 inches long.

Secure the center of both cords to your project board.

Place the holding cord on the left, and the working cord on the right.


First Knot Near Center  

Tie a Vertical Larks Head knot with the working cord, onto the holding cord.  Rotate clockwise to make the loops.

This knot was left loose so you could see the details.


Leave a Space  

Step 2: After tightening the first knot, move down two inches, leaving a space.

Tie another Vertical Larks Head knot.  Slide the second knot up, so it rests next to the first.


Picot Loop  

The size of the picot loop will be about 1-inch.

To make the picots larger, increase the space between the knots.


Three Picots   Step 3: Repeat step 2 twice, to make three picots.

Make sure the space is consistent (2 inches).

Use Other End of Cords  

Step 4: Turn the flower around, so you use the other half of the cords.

Repeat step 2 - 3 making sure there is the same amount of space between the knots.

The knots are tied counter-clockwise.


Make a Circle  

Step 5: Make a circle by bringing the ends together. You'll now use the ends to create the stem.

The working cords will be on the outside, and the holding cords on the inside.


Larks Head Knots  

Step 6: Use the right working cord to tie a Vertical Larks Head onto both holding cords.

Do the same with the left working cord.


Design Tip:  Larks Head designs can be combined with other knots.

So you could use a Spiral Stitch or a Square Knot sennit for the stem.

Alternate between the two working cords, until the stem is the size you want.

Finish the ends in whatever manner you prefer (a fringe works well).

Completed Flower  

Larks Head designs like this can be made with fine material (1mm), and used in a similar way as a Buttonhole Clasp.

You can also make the design larger with heavier material (6mm) to make an interesting frame or wall decoration (no stem needed).


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Larks Head Frame

 Larks Head Frame


Description: Larks Head designs can be quite useful. This frame can be used as a holiday decoration, by placing an ornament inside.  You can attach a photo to the back of the frame with glue.

You can even use delicate material to make a pair of unique earrings.

The Vertical Larks Head is easier to tie when it's arranged vertically.  It's better to move the entire frame, than to try tying the knots horizontally.

I used two colors to show the details of these Larks Head designs more clearly. I recommend you do the same when practicing.


Tie Five Knots  

Step 1: You need two cords, at least 45 inches long. Arrange them vertically.

Tie 5 Vertical Larks Head knots with the cord on the right, so the heads of the knots face right.



Turn Sennit  

Step 2: Turn the sennit so it's horizontal, and secure it. The heads should be at the top.

Bring the working cord down, so it's vertical.

It will now become the holding cord for the second side of the frame.


Switch Cords  

Step 3: Tie 5 Vertical Larks Head knots with the new working cord (brown)


Turn for 3rd Side  

Step 4: Turn the frame again, and bring the holding cord down, to be used as the next working cord. 

Tie 5 Vertical Larks Head knots.


Turn Again for 4th Side   Step 5: Turn the frame once more, to make the fourth side, just like in step 3.

Ends Together at Corner   Step 6: The ends should now be together at one corner. Turn the frame, so the ends are heading downward (vertical).

Tie Knot Around 3 Cords  

Step 7: Use one cord to tie a Larks Head knot onto the others (3 cords).

Choose a different cord, and tie another knot, also around the other three. You can change the direction of the knot if you wish, by choosing one on the left side.


Repeat step 7 again if necessary. This gives you an area where the frame can be attached to a wall. 

You can also make a loop, if using this design as a pendant.

Larks Head Frame   Larks Head designs look very neat, which is why they are so often used to make Macrame projects.

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Larks Head Bracelet

Larks Head Bracelet

Description: Larks Head designs can be used to make jewelry items, like this bracelet.

This Macrame project will help you learn to make items with alternating colors, created by crossing the cords.

See the Pendant Setting, if you want to try a Micro-Macrame project using a similar process.

You need four cords --two of each color. The working cords should be at least 60 inches long.   The holding cords need to be 18 inches or more.

Place the working cords between the two holding cords.

Alternate the Colors  

Step 1: Secure the cords after matching them at the center. Make sure you alternate the colors as shown.

Pull the holding cords so they have tension, and secure them lower down.

In the image below, the holding cords are labeled right and left (R and L).


Cross the Cords  

Step 2: Use the right working cord (pink) to tie a counter-clockwise Larks Head onto the holding cord next to it (1). 

Use the left working cord (blue) to tie the knot onto the other holding cord (2), rotating clockwise.


Cross the two working cords left over right.

First 4 Knots  

Step 3: Repeat step 2 to tie the next two knots.  The working cords have switched places, but the holding cords remain the same.

Don't forget to cross the cords before moving on to the next step.


Use Other Half of Cords  

Step 4: Continue tying the knots until the bracelet is 1/2 the size you need.

Turn the bracelet around and use the other half of the cords to continue. 


Stop when the bracelet is the desired length.  

You can attach a clasp at each end of the bracelet, and finish off the ends.


Crossed Larks Head designs like this make great belts, dog leashes, guitar straps, and similar projects.


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Progressive Design

 Progressive Design


One of the most unique Larks Head designs I have found is this progressive design. A photo of it was in a Macrame book written in the early 1900's, so it's considered a vintage technique.

It's a bit more challenging than the designs shown previously.

A progressive pattern is created by using cords in order, making separate knots with each one.


Eight Cords  

Step 1: You need 4 cords folded in half, so you have 8 to work with.

Secure them to a project board vertically.

Mentally number the cords 1 - 8.

Working Cord 8  

Step 2: Use cord 8 to tie a Vertical Larks Head onto cords 6 and 7. (Clockwise)

Tighten the knot firmly. Move cord 8 off to the side, since it won't be used again for the first row of knots.


Working Cord 7  

Step 3: Use cord 7 as the next working cord. Tie a Larks Head knot onto cords 5 and 6.

This second knot should rest below and slightly to the left of the first knot.


Working Cord 6   Step 4: Cord 6 is the next working cord. Tie the knot onto cords 4 and 5.
First Row Completed  

Step 5: Continue on in the same manner, using cords 5 - 3. The knots are tied onto the two cords next to the one you are using.

The last working cord is 3, since it's important that two cords are holding the knot.


Reverse Direction  

Step 6: Now you tie the knots in the opposite direction. Use cord 1 as the first working cord, tying the knot onto 2 and 3.  (Counter-clockwise)

Larks head designs like this one look better if the cords are straight and taut between the rows. So pull down on each cord prior to tying the knots.


Completed Design  

Complete the row, progressing from cord 1 to cord 6.

Each knot is tied onto the two cords next to the working cord. 


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