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Simple Necklace

Simple Necklace 

Description:  This Simple Necklace is a great Macrame project for kids and beginners.  The knots are easy to tie, and you can use any type of material and beads.

Cotton cord, a button (pendant), and cord beads were used in the example shown.  You can use a bead as the pendant instead of a button.  Make sure the hole is horizontal.

This necklace design features a bead clasp, so it needs to be large enough to fit over the head.  The ends are pulled to tighten it.

Children under 6 years of age will need a little help, but this Macrame pattern is suitable for school age kids.

Supplies Needed:
  • 2mm cord material
  • One shank button for the pendant
  • Beads for decoration
  • One round bead for clasp
  • Project board, pins, tape, glue
Knots Used: Alternating Half Hitch and Overhand knot

Preparation:  Cut 2 cords, each 2 yards long

For a necklace over 20 inches, cut the cords longer. 

Apply glue at the tips and allow it to dry completely before starting.

Button or Bead

Step 1: Slide both cords through the shank of the button (or a bead if you are using one)

Match the ends so the pendant is at the center of the cords. 

Step 2:  Turn the cords so they are vertical, and roll up one half of the two cords (furthest from you).

Secure the pendant to your board, and use the two cords closest to you.

First Half Hitch

The first Half Hitch is tied by passing the right cord over - under the left, and then over the right, rotating clockwise.

Next Half Hitch

Pass the left cord over - under the right, to make the second knot.  Bring it over the left cord as you pull it to the left (counter-clockwise).

Repeat these two steps several more times, until the chain of knots measures 1.5 to 2 inches.  Add a bead, and then repeat.


Design Tip:  The best way to add beads is to use a piece of thin wire.

Fold the wire and pass it through the bead as shown.

Ends Through Wire

Pass the ends through the wire, in the area where it's folded.  Then pull the ends of the wire. 

As it passes through the bead, the ends will be be pulled along with it, out the other side.

First Half

Step 3: Repeat step 2 several times, until the Simple Necklace is half the size you want to make. 

So if you want a 20-inch necklace, stop at 10 inches.

Tie an Overhand knot next to the last Half Hitch. 

Start Second Half

Step 4:  Begin the second half of the Simple Necklace by going back to the button in the center.

Repeat steps 2 and 3, using the other half of the cords.


Design Tip: Arrange the beads so they line up with those in the first half.

You can secure the necklace at the pendant, and have the first and second halves resting side by side as you work.

Bead Clasp

Step 5: Secure the Simple Necklace so nothing is twisted.  Pass the ends from the right side of the necklace through the round bead from right to left. 

Pass the ends from the left side through the bead from left to right.  

Closed Position

Step 6:  Pull on the ends so the bead moves towards the two Overhand knots, and can't go any further (closed position).

Leave some extra material, so when the necklace is open, it will fit easily over your head. Usually 5 to 8 inches is enough. (X in image)

Overhand Knots

Step 7:   Tie a tight Overhand knot as shown, on each end of the Simple Necklace. 

Apply glue on the inside of the knot, just before you tighten it.  Let the glue dry, then cut off any extra material.

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