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 Macrame Mutt


Macrame Mutt

Description:  This Macrame Mutt started out as a poodle, but rapidly began to look like a mongrel dog.  

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:



Preparation:

  • 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. 





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

Bring the ends over the ring, and under the folded area. >>

Pull firmly to tighten the knot. 
Larks Head
 

 
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 below:



Step A
<<<  Mentally number the first four cords.  Move cord 1 to the right, over 2 - 3 and under 4.

Move cord 4 under 2 - 3. As you pull it out on the left, pass over cord 1.  Pull the ends firmly to tighten the knot.  >>>
Step B



Step C
Cords 1 + 4 have switched places.

<<<  Move cord 1 to the left,
over 2 - 3 and under 4.

Move cord 4 right, under 2 - 3 and over 1 as you pull it out on the right.  Tighten firmly.  >>>
Step D



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



Eyes

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.



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

Pass cord 7 through the bead
 from right to left.

Pull both ends and position the bead slightly below the eyes.
Cord 7



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.




Collar

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.



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.

The knots are tied in a counter-clockwise direction, since you are moving left to right.



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

Bring the ends under the ring.  Pull it out over the fold to complete the reverse Larks Head.  >>>
Reverse Larks Head



Attach cords 9 - 10 with DHH, then add a new one to the ring with a reverse Larks Head.

Attach cords 11 - 12 with DHH.



Clockwise

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.



Tuft

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".



Forehead

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

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

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


 
Ears

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 end, 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 down, bring it over the cord.

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



Tongue

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 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.


Space



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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