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Larks Head Sennits


LH Sennits
 
 
Larks Head Sennits can be made in several ways, but the most common variations are called alternating designs.   You switch back and forth between two or more cords. 

These techniques look very appealing when made with two different colors. They can be used as purse handles, belts, or jewelry. 

When making your own Plant Hanger designs, any of the four techniques on this page will work well for the long posts between the top and lower cradle.

Make sure you practice the Vertical Larks Head knot before you get started on these patterns.




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Fishbone
 

Larks Head Fish Bone

One of the most interesting Larks Head sennits is a Fish Bone design. 

You can make it with more working cords than what is shown, which will increase the spacing between the loops along the edges.  You will be able to see the loops better with additional cords.



 
To practice, secure four 36-inch working cords vertically on your project board.
Mentally number the cords 1 - 4.  

Place one holding cord between cords 2 and 3, as shown below.


Designer's Tip:  Larks Head sennits are usually made with one or more holding cords, also called the core.   In the examples on this page, the holding and working cords will be different colors (optional).


 
Loop 1
 

Step 1:  Tie a counter-clockwise loop with working cord 2, passing over - under the holding cord.

As you pull it left, pass over cord 2 to complete the loop.

 

 
Loop 2
 

Step 2: Tie the second loop for the Vertical Larks Head knot, passing under - over the holding cord.

As you pull to the left, pass under cord 2 to complete the loop.  

Steps 1 + 2 = One Larks Head knot.

 

 
Cord 3
  Step 3: Use cord 3 to tie the next Larks Head Knot  below the previous one. 

Rotate counter-clockwise to make the two loops. (only one is shown)

Position cords 2 and 3 so they are horizontal (see next image).
 

 
Cords 1 & 4
 

Step 4: Pass cord 1 under cord 2, then use it to tie the next counter-clockwise Vertical Larks Head knot.

Pass cord 4 under cord 3, then use it to tie a clockwise Vertical Larks Head.

 

 
Designer's Tip:  Larks Head sennits like this one can get confusing.  Here are some pointers:

  • Each time you finish tying a knot, position the cord horizontally, as in the image above.
  • As you bring the next cord forward, pass under the previous cord used on the same side.
  • The knots made with cords 1 and 2 are counter-clockwise, so the heads face left.
  • Those made with cords 3 and 4 are clockwise, with the heads facing right.
 

 
Cord 2
 


Step 5:  Use cord 2 next, passing under cord 1 before tying the knot.


 

 
Cord 3
 

Step 6: Use cord 3 next, passing under cord 4 before tying the knot.


 

Repeat

Step 7: Repeat steps 4 - 6 at least one more time.



 
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Zigzag Pattern
 

Zigzag Pattern

Larks Head sennits can be made without a separate holding cord. 

This technique shows you how to alternate between two cords, where one holds the knot and the other is used to tie it.  The knots will tilt slightly, forming a zigzag pattern.

This design is similar to the Alternating Half Hitch.


 

 
Left Cord
 

Step 1: Secure two cords to your board vertically.

Use the left cord to tie a Vertical Larks Head knot onto the right cord.  Rotate counter-clockwise.

 

 
Right Cord
 

Step 2: Use the right cord to tie a Vertical Larks Head onto the left cord, rotating clockwise.

It's OK if the knot tilts slightly, since there is no way to keep it completely vertical.

 

 
Repeat
 

Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 several times, since Larks Head sennits are usually long and slender.

This image shows how the knots tilt, forming a zigzag pattern.

 
 

 
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Alternating Sennit
 

 Alternating Sennit


This is the most common of the Larks Head sennits. You will find it in many Macrame patterns, in both modern and vintage books. 

You will need 2 working cords and one holding cord to practice. The holding cord should be in the center.


 

 
Left Cord
  Step 1:  Use the left working cord to tie a Vertical Larks Head knot onto the holding cord, rotating counter-clockwise.

Loop 1:  Over - under - over

Loop 2:
  Under - over - under
 
 
 
Right Cord
  Step 2: Use the right working cord to tie a Vertical Larks Head knot onto the holding cord, rotating clockwise

This image shows only the first loop.
 

 
Repeat
  Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 several times, to complete the sennit.

Larks Head sennits are supposed to be long, and as slender as possible.
 
 
 
 
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Handle Design
 

Handle Design

Larks Head sennits like this one can be used to make handles and straps.  

The knots alternate direction like the other designs on this page, but there are no loops or loose segments along the edges.

By adding more holding cords than what is shown, you can increase the thickness of the sennit. 

 

 
Cord 3
 

Step 1: Secure three cords to your project board. Mentally number them 1 - 3.

Use working cord 3 to tie a clockwise Vertical Larks Head onto cords 1 and 2.  This image shows only the first loop.
 

 
Cord 1
 

Step 2: Use working cord 1 to tie a Vertical Larks Head onto cords 2 and 3 (counter-clockwise).

When you tighten it, make sure this knot rests against the first knot.

 

 
Repeat
  Step 3: Repeat steps 1 and 2 several times to form the rest of the sennit.
 
 


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