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Owl Necklace

Owl Necklace

Description: This Owl Necklace features several basic knots used in many Macrame patterns.

The face is heart shaped rather than round, and the wings are made with tiny picot loops.

This is a good project for beginners who want to gain experience.  Be sure to practice any knots you are not familiar with. 

The finished size depends on the material used. The owl pendant shown in the example was made with 1mm Hemp, and the finished size was 4 inches tall.

The necklace itself can be any size, but needs to be large enough to fit over your head.


Supplies Needed:

  • 1mm to 2mm cord material (25 yards or more, depending on size)
  • 14 - 20 small beads, with 2mm holes
  • 3 medium beads with 4mm holes
  • Project Board, pins, and tape

Knots Used:


Cutting Instructions:

Measure around your neck, to the point on your chest where you want the Owl Pendant to rest. 

Cut these lengths for the necklace:

  • For 28 to 36 inches: Cut 2 cords, 4 yards long
  • For 37 - 45 inches: Cut 2 cords, 5 yards long
  • For 46 inches or more: Cut 2 cords, 6 yards long

  • For the Owl pendant, cut 8 cords, each 2 yards long

Forehead Area

Mount Cords for Pendant  

Step 1: Secure the necklace cords to your board so you have access to the center of them.

Mount the 8 cords for the Owl Pendant to both necklace cords, using Larks Head knots. Place the first two cords at the center, and the others on either side.


Design Tip: A good way to secure slender cords is to wrap them around the T-Pins several times.

Apply tape to the pin or project board, to hold the cord in place.

Alternating V Pattern  

Step 2: Mentally number the pendant cords 1 - 16.

To create the forehead area of the Owl Necklace, tie 4 rows of Square Knots to form an Alternating V pattern, as follows:


Row 1: Tie the ASK using cords 1 - 4, 5 - 8, 9 - 12 and 13 - 16.

Row 2: Tie the ASK with cords 3 - 6, 7 - 10, and 11 - 14.

Row 3: Tie the ASK with cords 5 - 8 and 9 - 12.

Row 4: Tie the final ASK using cords 7 - 10.

Cord 1 to the center  

Mentally re-number the cords 1- 16. Move cord 1 to the right, placing it against the left side of the forehead (V design). Secure it so it's taut.

Attach cords 2 - 8 to it with Double Half Hitches, rotating counter-clockwise.


Cord 16  

Position cord 16 (right) against the right side of the forehead. Secure it so it's taut.

Attach cords 15 - 9 to it with DHH (in that order), rotating clockwise.


Complete the Design   Attach the left holding cord (1) to the right one (16) with a DHH.


Create the Beak


Step 3: You will now be creating a Square Knot button to make the beak for the pendant of the Owl Necklace. Mentally re-number the cords 1 - 16.

Use cords 7 - 10. The working cords are 7 and 10. The other two are the fillers.


Use Cords 7 - 10  

Step A: Tie 1 Square Knot just below the point of the forehead.

Leave a 1/8-inch space, and tie 5 more Square Knots.


Pass Ends Into Space  

Step B: Pull all 4 ends through the space. There should be two on each side of the filler cords.

(see image below)

Pull on the ends to roll the knots, forming the button shape.


This image shows the spaces on either side of the filler cords more clearly. 

One working cord and one holding cord will go into each space, front to back.


SK Below Beak   Step C: Tie a tight Square Knot under the beak, to secure the four cords. 


The Face

Step 4: Now it's time to create the face for the pendant of your Owl Necklace. Mentally re-number the cords.

Step A: Slide a medium bead onto cords 11 - 14 Push it all the way up, so it rests next to V shaped design (forehead).
Bead for Eye  

Use cord 16 to tie a sennit of seven (7) Vertical Larks head knots onto cord 15

Tie the knots in a clockwise direction.

See instructions below.



To make the first half of a Vertical Larks Head knot, you pass the working cord (16) over, and then under, the holding cord (15).

Bring it over the working cord as you pull it right.

  First Half of Knot
For the second half of the knot, pass the working cord under the holding cord, and then over it.

Pass under the working cord as you pull it right.
  Second Half of Knot

LH Around Cords 11 - 15  

Step B: Still using working cord 16, tie three (3) Vertical Larks Head knots onto cords 11 - 15.

Tighten these knots firmly, so they rest just below the bead for the eye.


Working Cords Change  

Step C: Locate the cords from the beak (7 - 10). 

Working cords 9 and 10 are used together to tie two (2) Vertical Larks Head knots around cords 11 - 16. 


Close Up of Face  

This is what the right half of the owl's face looks like when you are through.

You need to repeat these steps for the left half of the face, following the instructions below:



Step D:  Use cord 1 to tie seven (7) Vertical Larks head knots onto cord 2.

The heads of these knots will face left.  They should be tied counter-clockwise.

Slide a medium bead onto cords 3 - 6, so it rests next to the forehead area.

Step E: Use cord 1 to tie three (3) vertical Larks Head knots onto cords 2 - 6. Tighten these knots firmly, so they rest just below the bead.

Step F: Use cords 7 and 8 from the beak together to tie two (2) vertical Larks Head knots around cords 1 - 6.



Wings and Body

Start the Body  

Step 5: The body and wings for the Owl Necklace are next.

Organize the cords so that you can clearly see working cords 7 and 8 on the left, and 9 and 10 on the right. The rest should form a bundle in the center.


Design Tip:  Remember that these four working cords were the ones that came from the beak.

You used them to make the last two Larks Head knots in the face.

Square Knot  

Use the 2 working cords together, on the right and left, to tie a tight Square Knot around the remaining cords.


Use Cords 9 and 10  

Step A: To make the wings, use cord 10 to tie one Vertical Larks Head knot onto cord 9.

Rotate clockwise.

Leave a 1/2-inch space, and tie another one. Slide this second knot next to the first, forming a picot loop.


Picot Loops for Wings  

Step B: Leave a slightly larger space, and tie the next knot.

Repeat this until you have a total of six (6) picot loops.


Step C: Repeat steps A and B on the left.

Use cord 7 to tie counter-clockwise knots onto cord 8.

Try to make the picots the same size as the ones on the right.

Step 6: To create the body for your Owl Necklace, select the two longest cords from the bundle. There should be one on each side

Move the wing designs out of the way for now.

Start the Body  

Use the long cord on the left to tie the first Vertical Larks Head knot around the bundle of cords.

The second knot is tied using the long cord on the right.

Alternating Larks Head Sennit  

Alternate back and forth between the two cords, tying 2 more knots with each one.

There should be a total of six (6) Larks Heads in the sennit when you are through.


Bring the wings towards the body so that they curve outward.

You can dd more knots in the wings if necessary, to get a good shape.

Square Knot   Use the two working cords from the wings (7 + 8 on the left, 9 + 10 on the right).

Tie a tight Square Knot around all the other cords.

Turn over the pendant for your Owl Necklace, so you are working in the back.

Secure 4 Cords in the Back.   Combine cord 7 and 10 and tie 2 very tight Overhand knots.  Do the same with cords 8 and 9. 

Apply glue inside the Overhand knots as you tighten.


Completed Pendant   When the glue is dry, cut off the excess material from the four cords (7 - 10).

Trim the remaining cords to 1.5 inches, forming a fringe.  They should be longer if you plan to add beads.   Apply glue to the tips to prevent unraveling.


Necklace Portion

The pendant for the Owl Necklace is now complete.

In the following steps you will be creating the necklace itself, as well as the clasp.

Alternating HH Step 1  

Step 7: Turn over the Owl necklace so the pendant is horizontal.

Tie an Alternating Half Hitch sennit, by selecting one cord to tie the first knot onto the other.


Alternating HH Step 2  

Switch cords, so that the previous working cord now holds the next knot.

Alternate back and forth between the two cords until the sennit measures approximately 1-inch.


1 Inch Between Beads  

Step 8: Slide both cords through a small bead, and tie another inch of knots.

Repeat steps 7 and 8 several times until the first half of the Owl Necklace is done.


Step 9: Repeat steps 7 and 8 to make the necklace on the other side of the pendant.

Make sure the beads are positioned the same on each half.

Pass Ends Through Bead  

To make the bead clasp for your Owl necklace, pass the two ends on the right half through a medium bead from right to left.

The other two ends should be passed through the bead from left to right.



Make sure the Owl Necklace fits over your head, and is balanced. 

Pull on the ends to close the necklace.  The bead should be resting against the last Alternating Half Hitches you tied.


Add Barrel Knot  

Move down at least 2 to 3 inches, and tie tight Barrel Knots to prevent the ends from coming out of the clasp.

Use two cords working together to tie the knots, rather than individually.  Cut off the excess material.


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