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Spanish Hitching

 
Spanish Hitching
 
 

Description: Spanish Hitching is a unique way to cover dowels and other tube shaped objects, such as wine bottles and drinking glasses.

This Macrame design features the Clove Hitch, which is the same as the back of a Double Half Hitch.

Since the knots used in this design are hitches, they need to be attached to a holding cord, which wraps around the item you are covering.

Included on this page are instructions for tying the Clove Hitch in two different directions, since you need to use both.

 
 

 

Clove Hitch Instructions

 
 Spanish Hitches


 

To properly create Spanish Hitching, you need to know how to tie the Clove Hitch in both directions. The diagonal area in the front is the portion you focus on.

Design Tip: A good way to remember the steps is that for a right Clove Hitch, the first loop you make is on the right.

For a left Clove Hitch, the first loop is on the left.

 


 

Right Clove Hitch

 
 
Secure a holding cord (blue) horizontally to your board, so it has tension.

Secure a working cord (brown) to your board, so it is vertical.
 
 

Loop 1:  Move the working cord over - under the holding cord, rotating counter-clockwise.

Bring it over the secured portion of the working cord, as you move it to the left.

 

First Loop on Right

 

 

Loop 2: Pass the working cord under - over the holding cord, rotating clockwise.

Move the end under the working cord in the diagonal area between the two loops.

 

Second Loop on Left

 

 

Remove the slack from the right loop, then the left.

Note that the segment in front crosses from upper right to lower left, which is shown by the arrow.

 

Completed Clove Hitch

 
 

 

Left Clove Hitch

 
 

Arrange the two cords as you did in the previous instructions.

Loop 1: Pass the working cord over - under the holding cord, rotating clockwise.

Move the end to the right, passing it over the secured portion of the working cord.

  First Loop on Left
 

 

Loop 2: Move the working cord under - over the holding cord, rotating counter-clockwise.

Bring it under the diagonal portion of the working cord, in the area between the two loops.

  Second Loop on Right
 
 

Remove the slack from the left loop, then the right.

Note that the segment in front crosses from upper left to lower right (arrow).

  Completed Clove Hitch
 
 

 

Spanish Hitching Design

 
 

Now it's time to work on the actual Spanish Hitching design. Note that these instructions are for practicing only. 

To use this design in a Macrame project, the cords need to be longer.


Step 1: Cut 10 working cords, each at least 30 inches long.

Cut one holding cord, at least 36 inches long.


Secure the holding cord to the back of a paper towel tube, or a dowel.

Use masking tape or clips to secure the working cords to the top of it, so they are vertical. 

Spread them out so they will cover all parts of the tube.

 
 
Left Clove Hitch  

Bring the holding cord around to the front of the tube (left to right). The first row of knots should be as close to the top as possible.

Use the working cords to tie a row of LEFT Clove Hitches onto the holding cord, moving left to right

 

 
When you get to the back, where the end of the holding cord is taped, tie the Clove Hitches around the secured end as well.

So you are tying them around two portions of the holding cord.
 

 
First Row of Knots   This shows what the first row of Clove Hitches will look like when you are through. Make sure the row is straight, so the Spanish Hitching looks neat.
 

 
Wrap Holding Cord   Step 3: Wrap the holding cord around the dowel or tube again, so it rests below the first row of knots.
 

 
Second Row of Knots  

Step 4: Tie a row of RIGHT Clove Hitches. Tighten them so they rest just below the first row of knots.

Progress left to right as you tie the knots.

 

 
Detail of Both Rows  

Here's an image of the two rows when they are completed.

 

 
Comparison of Four Rows  

To continue, wrap the holding cord around, and tie the next row with left Clove Hitches.

The following row should be right.

Here you can see there is an obvious difference between the two directions.

 
 



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