The Mini Turtle project is suitable for
older children, teens and adults. This Macrame
pattern is a bit complex compared to other designs
in Macrame for Kids, and will be difficult for
Make sure you know how to tie each of the knots
used in the design.
Knot is the primary decorative knot used
in the pattern. It's sometimes called the Berry
Knot in modern patterns.
The size of this turtle decoration depends on the
material you use. In the example, 4mm cord
was used, and the finished width was approximately
2 inches in size. For a smaller turtle, use 2mm
Using two colors is optional, but if you decide to
do so, Color
A is for the head and front legs (brown).
B is for the shell and back legs (turquoise).
Zarrina Akbarova sent in the suggestion for this
Cut 6 cords of
A, each 30 inches long
Cut 5 cords of
B, each 45 inches long
Cut 4 cords, at least 20 inches long (any
the ends with tape or glue to prevent
them from unraveling as you work on the Mini
to your board horizontally. (30-inch)
cords so should have tension.
Fold one of the Color
B cords (45-inch) in half, and
place it on top of the holding cords, with
the fold at the bottom.
It should be placed at the center
of the holding cords.
Bring both ends
the holding cord, and over
the folded portion (color B).
Pull on the ends firmly to
tighten the reverse
Larks Head knot.
remaining four 45-inch cords
B) in the same manner.
Place 2 of them on each side of the first
one in the center.
Note that the knots were separated for the
should rest close to one another.
Mini Turtle Shell
The shell of the Mini
Turtle is made with both Double Half Hitches (DHH)
and Square Knots (SK).
Make sure you
know how to tie these knots before you get
You will be tying Square Knots in See the both directions.
page for more details.
Square Knot The outer portion
of the shell is a rounded diamond, and the
is formed by tying four diagonal rows of
1: Mentally number the
Color B cords 1- 10.
5 and 6 are the holding cords for
to the left and cord 6
to the right (crossed). Secure them
so they have cord 5
2: Pass cord
- under holding cord 6 (left),
As you bring it to the left, pass over
this process again , to
make a Double Half
Hitch. It should rest to the left
of the first, lower down on the
Tighten both knots
the shell for your Mini Turtle is as small as
cords 3 and 2 the
same way (in that order).
the direction of holding
cord 6, so it's more vertical (up
1 to it with a DHH, the same way
you did the others in step 2.
steps 2 and 3 ,
attaching on the right cords
7 - 9 to holding cord 5 .
The Half Hitches should be tied of the holding cord,
and attach counter-clockwise.
Re-secure the upper shell of the Mini Turtle to
your board, so it can't move. Push the two
holding cords (5 and 6) out of the way for now.
1 and 4 are the working cords for
the first Square Knot. Cords 2 and 3
Tie a LEFT Square knot. As you tighten it,
make sure it rests against
the row of DHH, and is on the same
Tighten it as much as you can.
step 4, tying a RIGHT
Square Knot with cords
7 and 10. Cords 8 and 9 are
Make sure the SK rests next to the DHH and
that it's on an angle.
area of the shell for the Mini Turtle has 4 diagonal
rows of DHH, tied as follows:
7 (from the right SK) over
cords 1 - 4, on a diagonal slant to the left.
Make sure it rests
the bottom of the SK on the
Attach cords 4 - 1 to it with DHH (in that
Tighten the knots firmly. clockwise.
6: Move cord
8 to the left, on the same
angle. It will be the next holding
cord. Place it close to the first row of
4 - 1 to it with DHH (in that
order). Pull the cords firmly so the
two rows are against each other.
7: two more times,
step 6 cord
9 for the next
cord 10 (holding cords).
Place them close to the other rows and
tighten the knots firmly.
8: Tie a LEFT Square Knot
7 - 10, which are now on the
Tie a RIGHT SK with cords
1- 4, which are now on the right.
continued: Both knots should be on
an angle, and tightened
as much as possible.
This will cause the inside portion of the shell to
Next you will make the lower outer edges (bottom
half of shell) for your Mini Turtle :
cord 6, which you pushed out of the way
Move it around the
left edge of the design you just made, close to the SK.
7 to it with a Triple (one Double
Half Hitch + one single).
8 - 10 to it with Double
When you are
finished, the row of DHH should be curved.
Repeat step 9
on the right
holding cord 5, and attach cord
4 to it with a Triple
Attach c ords
3 - 1 with Double
10: The final step for the
shell of your Mini Turtle is to attach
one holding cord to the other
with a Double Half Hitch.
11: Use the first set of
holding cords (color
A) that the mounting knots are
Mentally number the ends 1 - 4. Tie a
Square Knot with cords 1 and 4 (cords 2 -
3 are fillers).
As you tighten
the Square Knot,
a circle with a small opening for
This is considered the neck of the Mini
Creating the Head
The head of the Mini Turtle is the easiest part
of the design. You can tie some type of
button knot using 4 cords, if you don't like the
technique used for this area.
See the section
of this site for ideas. Learn Macrame
1: Arrange the remaining
cords on your board vertically (up and
down). Color A
Secure them at the center.
Tie a small chain of 3 LEFT Square Knots
using the lower half of the cords.
2: Turn the knots around
and go back to the center.
Tie three RIGHT Square knots.
3: Fold the sennit in half
and secure it to your board.
Use two cords at the right and left edges
of the group to tie a Square knot around
the other six (fillers).
4: Pass the cords through the
hole in the neck, at the top of the shell.
Use pliers or tweezers, and pass them
through one at a time.
When you pull on them, make sure the
Square Knot you tied in step
3 is on the inside
of the Mini Turtle, where it can't be
Creating the Legs
The legs for the Mini Turtle are simply four
Wrapped Knots. Below are instructions for
tying them. Each knot is tied with the
20-inch pieces of material.
These knots can be a challenge for those new to
Macrame, so here are some tips:
Place the cords for the legs
(side to side).
When you wrap, move
(up and down)
Wrap firmly, and make sure the coils don't
As you tighten, hold the wraps so they don't
1: Organize the cords into four
groups. In the front of the Mini
Turtle, each leg will have 6 cords.
In the back, each leg will have 5 cords.
Step 2: Secure
a 20-inch cord next to the 5 cords for one back
The pin should be placed at
least 1-inch from the end of the cord.
Fold the cord
further down, beyond the area where you
will wrap. (indicated by black lines)
The short portion will be on the inside,
and the long portion is used to wrap.
3: Wrap the long end
the cords for the leg. Make sure
you pass around the short end as well, and
that you wrap firmly.
Wrap 5 - 7 times, depending on how long
you want the legs. Pass the end
through folded area (loop).
4: Hold the wraps so they
don't loosen, and pull on the short
end, which was secured near the
The loop and the long end will be pulled inside
the Wrapped Knot.
Slide the knot up so it rests next to the
shell of the Mini Turtle.
5: Apply glue to the outside of
the Wrapped Knot. When it's dry, cut
off the excess material from the short
end, close to the top
edge of the knot.
Cut off the long end close to the bottom
Trim the 5
leg cords (inside the knot) to at
steps 2 - 5 to create the remaining three
legs for your Mini Turtle.
is a small space in the top of the
shell. You can make a loop with a
piece of scrap cord, and place it through
Tie an Overhand knot with the two end on
inside. Then you can use
this cute design as a pendant or ornament.
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