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Spiral Snowflake

Spiral Snowflake

Description:  The Spiral Snowflake is an easy Holiday decoration suitable for beginners.  This Macrame pattern features the Half Hitch Spiral.

It can be made any size. The finished size using 1.5 mm cord material is 6 inches.

Cotton cord material was used in the example shown, but any white material is suitable for this project. 

Supplies Needed:
  • 1.5 mm white cord material (25 yards)
  • One 1.5-inch ring
  • Tape
  • Project board and pins
  • Flexible Measuring Tape

Knots Used:

Preparation and Mounting

Step 1:  Cut 20 cords, each 45 inches long.  Prepare the tips to prevent unraveling.

To make the Snowflake larger than 6 inches, use 2 mm material and a 2-inch ring.  Cut the cords 55 inches long.

Fold Cord

Step 2:  Mount each cord to the ring with a REVERSE Larks Head knot, as described below:

Start by folding the cord in half and placing it on top of the ring as shown.

Reverse LH

Pass both halves through the ring and over the folded area of the cord.

Pull both halves firmly to tighten the knot.

Half Hitches

Make a clockwise Half Hitch with the left half, passing over - under the ring and over the cord.

Rotate counter-clockwise to make the Half Hitch with the right half.

Mark the right half of the cord with tape.

Step 3:  Repeat step 2 with all the remaining cords.

Make sure the ring is completely covered.  You can add more Half Hitches if needed.


First Level Spiral Design

The Spiral Snowflake is made with the Half Hitch Spiral technique, which requires both halves of one cord. 

Hold the left half in one hand or secure it with tension.  You use the right half (marked with tape) to tie the knots onto the left.

Half Hitch

Step 4:   Pass the right half over - under the left half to make a clockwise loop. Pass over the right half as you pull it to the right.

Tighten it firmly so it rests next to the ring.

Tie 4 more knots in the same manner (total of 5).

Five Knots

To make the Spiral Snowflake more consistent, it's important to twist the knots after you've tied every set of 5 Half Hitches.

Hold the left holding cord steady while you move the right working cord to the left. Then move it under the holding cord as you pull it back to the right. 


Twist the knots slightly to the left, then tie the next five knots.

Make sure you are still using the same working cord (right half).  It should always remain to the right of the holding cord while you are tying the Half Hitches.

Step 5:  Repeat step 4 several times, continuing until the sennit is 1-inch long

Push the knots close together as you progress, and count the number of knots you are tying to get 1-inch.  You can use that number as a guideline for making the remaining sennits, but you still need to measure accurately.

Step 6:  Repeat steps 4 and 5 with all the remaining cords.  Be sure you are using both halves of the same cord for each spiral. 

Important:  Measure each Spiral to make sure each one is 1-inch long.


Step 7:  Organize the cords for the Spiral Snowflake so there are five groups containing four spirals.

Mentally number the four spirals in one group.

1 and 3

Step 8: Cross Spiral 3 over Spiral 2.

Combine the cords from Spirals 1 and 3.  Select the working cord from Spiral 3, which is marked with tape. 

Tie 2 Half Hitches with it, passing around the other three cords (Two from Spiral 1 and one from Spiral 3).

2 and 4

Step 9:  Combine the cords from Spirals 2 and 4.

Select the working cord from Spiral 4, which is marked with tape.

Tie the 2 Half Hitches around the other three cords.

Step 10:  Repeat steps 8 and 9 with the remaining four groups of Spirals.

Important:  Make sure you always cross Spiral 3 over 2, and use the marked working cords to connect Spiral 1 to 3 and Spiral 2 to 4. 

Second Level Spirals

Step 11:  Organize the Spiral Snowflake so you are working with the same five groups containing 4 Spirals. 

In one group, locate the 4 cords coming from two Spirals that are connected. They will have a V-shape. 

The previous working cords will now hold all the knots.  They are shorter than the other two and are marked. 

The previous holding cords will now be used to tie the Half Hitches, so you use the longest cords to make the second level of Spirals. 

Long Cord

Use two cords (one long, one short) to tie Half Hitches in a counter-clockwise direction.  The long cord is on the left, which is why you need to switch.

Tie the Spirals as you did in steps 4 and 5, but reverse the direction of the twisting (to the right).  The long cord should always be on the left while tying the Half Hitches.

Step 12:  Repeat step 11 with all the remaining cords in sets of two (one long and one short).  Make sure the long cord remains to the left of the short one as you tie the knots.

Important: Push the knots close together, and measure to verify they are all the same length (1-inch).


Step 13: Mentally number the 20 new Spirals. Connect the spirals using the cord furthest to the right to tie the two Half Hitches around the other three cords in each group.

Connect 2 + 3, 4 + 5  6 + 7, 8 + 9, 10 + 11, 12 + 13, 14 + 15, 16 + 17, 18 + 19, and 20 + 1.

Finishing Touches


Step 14:  Place the connected sennits 2 and 3 in front of you. 

Using all 4 cords working together, make a loop in a counter-clockwise direction.

Overhand Knot

Complete the Overhand knot by passing the ends through the loop from below, which is under - over.

Pull Loop

First pull on the right side of the loop to remove the slack from the area closest to the spirals.

Then pull on the ends gradually to tighten the Overhand knot.

Make sure the Overhand knot is resting against the Half Hitches tied to connect the two Spirals.


Step 15:  Repeat step 14 all the way around the Spiral Snowflake.

Trim the tips of all the cords down to 1/2-inch and unravel the fibers to form a fringe.


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