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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 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, and picots are made at the points.

This is a great Macrame project for beginners, as well as older children.

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:
  • 2mm 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 ends tape, or tie Overhand knots on the tips of each cord.


Step 1:  Mount all the cords to the ring with Larks Head Knots, as follows:

Fold Cord
<< Fold a cord in half, and place it under the ring as shown.

Bring both ends down over the front of the ring.  Pass the ends through the folded area.  >>
Larks Head

Design Tip:  Tighten all the knots as firmly as possible, especially if you are using Cotton Cable cord 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 end under - over the ring, and under the cord. 

Repeat this process with the remaining cords.  >>

Organize the cords into 7 groups containing 4 cords.
Seven Groups



Snowflake Design

Two SK

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

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

Don't know how to tie a Square Knot?  Here are the instructions:

Step 1
<<  Mentally number the cords.  Bring working cord 1 to the right, over the fillers ( 2 and 3), and under the right working cord (4).

Move working cord 4 under the fillers and over cord 1, as you pull it to the left.   >>
Step 2

Step 3
Working cords 1 and 4 have switched places.

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

Bring cord 4 to the right, under the fillers and over cord 1.  >>

Step 4


Step 3:  Mentally number the four cords coming from two Square Knots, as shown in this image. 

Alternate cords
by using 3 - 4 from one SK, and 1 - 2 from the other.  

Tie a SK with the new group, tightening it 1/2-inch below the knots from step 2. 

Design Tip:  When tying Alternating Square Knots in a circle, you need to be careful about selecting the four cords, which need to come from 2 adjacent knots in the row above.

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 step 2 (row 1).

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

Make sure the knots in this row are 1/2-inch below the knots from row 2.


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. 


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


Step 7:  Move the knot up, so it rests against the one tied in step 5. 

This will form two picot loops.


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

Apply glue to the fillers before tightening the knot.  

When the glue is dry, trim the ends to 1-inch.  Form a fringe at the ends 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 over the snowflake and apply fabric glue to the back of each knot. 

Make sure the glue is the type that dries clear. 


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