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 Macrame Mutt

Macrame Mutt

Description:  This Macrame Mutt started out as a poodle, but rapidly began to look like a mixture of breeds.

You can change the appearance of this Macrame decoration by using different colors and/or changing the haircut. 

This pattern features brushed fringe forming the fur and body.  The beads at the neck represent a collar.

This Macrame project is rated easy, but is time consuming due to the brushing required. 

 Supplies Needed:
  • 6mm Cord Material that can be unraveled (30 yards)
  • 7-inch metal ring
  • Animal Eyes
  • 16mm Bead for Nose
  • Six 20mm - 25mm round beads for collar
  • Felt for tongue
  • Brush and Comb
  • Project Board and pins
  • Ribbons (optional)

Knots Used:


  • Face: Cut 6 cords, each 2 yards long 
  • Ears: Cut 10 cords, each 18 inches long
  • Body: Cut 6 cords, 18 inches long
  • Ring:  Cut 2 cords, 2 yards long

Small pieces for the fur of the Macrame Mutt are cut after step 7, and their length will vary depending on the area.  

Prepare the 2-yard cords with tape to temporarily prevent unraveling. 


 Step 1: Fold one of the cords for the face and place it under the top area of the ring.

Larks Head

Bring both halves over the ring, and under the folded area.

Pull firmly to tighten the Larks Head knot.

Repeat this process to mount the other 5 cords for the face of your Macrame Mutt.

Step 2:  Tie a row of Alternating Square Knots, using 4 cords per knot. 

The four steps for the all the Square Knots are described in steps A - D below:

Step A

Step A:  Mentally number the first four cords. 

Move cord 1 to the right, over cords 2 - 3 and under cord 4.

Cord 4

Step B:  Move cord 4 under 2 - 3. As you pull it out on the left, pass it over cord 1. 

Pull the cords firmly to tighten the knot.

Step C

Step C:  Cords 1 and 4 have switched places.

Move cord 1 to the left, passing it over cords 2 - 3 and under cord 4.

Cord 4

Step D:  Move cord 4 to the right, passing it under cords 2 - 3 and over cord 1 as you pull it out on the right. 

Tighten firmly.

Step 2, continued:  Repeat the same process with cords 5 - 8

Repeat again with working cords 9 - 12.

Row 2

Step 3:  The second row is tied after the cords are alternated:

One SK using cords 3 - 6.

One SK using cords 7 - 10.

Step 4: 
  • Repeat step 2
  • Repeat Step 3
  • Repeat step 2
  • Repeat step 3


The eyes should be placed between cords 2 - 3, as well as cords 10 - 11.  

Some eyes require glue, others have washers. So use the appropriate method to attach them.

Tie a SK below each eye, using cords 1 - 4 and 9 - 12.

Cord 6

Step 5:  Pass cord 6 through the bead for the nose, from left to right.

Cord 7

Pass cord 7 through the bead from right to left.

Pull both cords and position the bead slightly below the eyes.

Secure Bead

Mentally re-number the cords.  Secure the nose by tying SK with cords 3 - 6 and 7 - 10.


Three Knots

Step 6:  The next row of Square Knots for the lower face of your Macrame Mutt is tied with cords 1 - 4,
5 - 8,
and 9 - 12.

Next Row

Tie the next row of ASK with cords 3 - 6 and 7 - 10.

Final Row

Use cords 5 - 8 to tie the final knot for the face of your Macrame Mutt.


Step 7:  Slide the beads for the collar onto the cords, in sets of two.

Place the cords under the lower portion of the ring.  When you stretch them, the beads should rest against the ring.

Half Hitch

Attach cords 7 - 8 to the ring with DHH.

The image shows a single Half Hitch; you need to tie 2 to make it a double.

Rotate the cord counter-clockwise, heading right.

Fold Cord

Fold one 18-inch cord for the body.  Place it on top of the ring, between cords 8 and 9.

Reverse LH

Bring both halves under the ring. 

Pull it out over the fold to complete the reverse Larks Head.

Attach cords 9 - 10 with DHH, then add a new cord to the ring with a reverse Larks Head as shown above.

Attach cords 11 - 12 with DHH.


To the left of the center, the DHH are tied in a clockwise direction, since you move right to left.

Add a new cord between each set of DHH tied with the cords coming from the beads. 

The first one is placed between cords 6 and 7.

Trim all the cords coming from the lower ring to 6 - 8 inches. 

Save the scraps so you can use them on the face of the Macrame Mutt.


Step 8:  Cut the scraps into 5-inch pieces.  Tie an Overhand knot in the center. 

Unravel and brush the fibers until smooth.

I will refer to these as "Tufts".


Near the upper part of the ring, pass several tufts through SMALL spaces between the knots. 

Both ends should come through the same space, with the knot positioned in the back of the design.  Add a few around the eyes as well. 

Make sure you cover as much of the ring as possible.


Mount the 18-inch cords for the ears to the ring with Larks Heads knots. 

Five are placed to the right of the cords already present, and five to the left.

Step 9:  Attach the 2-yard cord onto the exposed portion of the ring, with a Larks Head knot. 

Place it half way between the ear cords and the ones on the bottom.  It will be used to cover the ring. 

Tie a series of Vertical Larks Head knots with each half, as shown below.  When you are done, the remaining material becomes part of the ears and body.

First Half

Pass the cord over - under the ring. 

As you pull it toward you, bring it over the cord.

Vertical LH

For the second half, move the cord under - over the ring, and under the cord.


Step 10:  Cut a small piece of felt into a tongue shape.

Work your tweezers through the middle of the Square Knot directly below the nose bead.

Slide a portion of the tongue through that space, and apply glue to adhere it to the back of the Macrame Mutt.

Step 11:  Attach more tufts to the area between the eyes and nose, which is indicated by the black circle in the image above.

Add more to the area above and below the tongue, forming the whiskers. 

Trim, unravel, and brush the fibers into the appropriate cut for your design. 

Step 12:  The added cords for the body (from step 7) are not included in this step.  Use only the cords coming from the face.


Locate the space between the collar bead and the ring, between the two cords that were used to make the face. 

The ends of those cords are brought under the ring and through that space (back to front).


Over Ring

The cords coming from the beads will rest in front of the ring, covering it.

To finish the Macrame Mutt, unravel and brush all the fibers in the body, ears, and face.  Trim the fibers to the desired length and design.

Add the ribbons and wire for hanging.

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