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Seven Point Snowflake

Seven Point Snowflake


Description:  The Seven Point Snowflake is a wonderful holiday ornament that's easy to make. It's approximately 6 inches wide, so is the right size for a large Christmas tree. 

You can change the size of this Macrame snowflake simply by changing the ring and material size.  In the example shown, a 1.5-inch brass ring and Cotton cable cord was used.

Most snowflake patterns have 5 or 6 “points”, but this one has 7. The design features 3 rows of Square knots in an alternating pattern, along with picots at the points.

Julie Schermerhorn sent in the suggestion for this project. She cherishes the two snowflakes she received many years ago from her dear friend, Mrs. Definski.

This custom pattern was written based on the images she sent me. I am sharing this beautiful holiday decoration as a tribute to Mrs. Definski.


Supplies Needed:
  • 2 mm white cord material (14 yards)
  • One 1.5-inch Ring
  • Project Board and Pins
  • Fabric or Household Glue that dries clear
Knots Used: 


Preparation and Mounting

  •  Cut 14 cords, each 32 inches long

Prepare the cords with tape, or tie Overhand knots at the tips of each cord.


Fold Cord

Step 1: Fold one cord in half, and place it through the ring with the fold heading toward you.

Larks Head

Bring both halves forward, passing over the ring. 

Pass the ends under the folded area of the cord.

Tighten firmly.

Designer's Tip:  Tighten all the knots as firmly as possible, especially if you are using textured or inflexible material to make your Seven Point Snowflake. 

The knots have a tendency to loosen over time.

Reverse Half Hitch

Tie a reverse Half Hitch by passing each half of the cord under - over the ring.

As you pull it forward, pass it under the cord to complete the loop. 



Repeat step 1, mounting all the cords to the ring in the same manner as the first.

Organize the cords into 7 groups containing 4 cords.


Snowflake Design

Two SK

Step 2:  With each group of 4 cords, tie 2 Square Knots (SK) following the instructions below. 

Pull on the fillers while tightening each knot firmly, so the first one rests against the knots on the ring.

Square Knot Instructions

Cord 1
Mentally number the cords. 

Move working cord 1 to the right, passing over the fillers (2 and 3) and under the right working cord (4).

Cord 4

Move working cord 4 under the fillers and over cord 1 as you pull it out on the left.

Cord 1

Working cords 1 and 4 have switched places.  So the movements of the cords are the opposite for the second half:

Move cord 1 to the left, passing it over the fillers and under cord 4.

Cord 4

Move cord 4 under the fillers and over cord 1 as you pull it out on the right.

Pull both working cords to tighten the knot while holding the fillers.

Snowflake Design, continued


Step 3:  Mentally number the four cords coming from two adjacent Square Knots.   Alternate cords by using 3 - 4 from the SK on the left, combined with cords 1 - 2 from the knot on the right. 

Tie a SK with the new group, tightening it 1/2-inch away from the previous knots tied

Designer's Tip:  When tying Alternating Square Knots in a circle, you need to be careful about selecting the four cords.

Make sure they come from 2 adjacent knots in the previous row.

Second Row

Step 4:  Repeat step 3 with the remaining cords to complete the second row. 

Third Row

Step 5:  Alternate the cords again, so you use the same groups as in row 1 (step 2).

Tie the third row of ASK all the way around the Seven Point Snowflake design.

Make sure the knots in rows 2 and 3 are 1/2-inch apart.


The Points

The Seven Point Snowflake gets it's name for the seven picot designs you will now be making. 

One picot is made below each of the knots from step 5, using the same four cords you just finished with.

Do not alternate the cords before you tie the following knots.


Step 6:  Tie a Square Knot 1-inch from one of the knots tied in row 3.


Step 7:  Move the knot backward while holding the fillers steady.  It should rest against the knot tied in step 5. 

This will form two picot loops.


Step 8:  Tie one more SK with the same four cords, placing it close to the one you just tied.

Apply glue to the fillers before tightening the knot.  

When the glue is dry, trim the cords to 1-inch.  Form a fringe on the points of the Seven Point Snowflake by separating the fibers.

Step 9:  Repeat steps 6 - 8 with the other groups of cords.


Step 10: (optional)   When using Cotton Cable Cord, there is a chance for the knots to loosen over time.

You can turn the snowflake upside down and apply fabric glue to the back of each knot. 

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