Description:
The Spiral Snowflake is an easy Holiday
decoration, suitable for beginners. This
Macrame pattern features the Half
Hitch Spiral, and can be made any size.

The finished size using 1.5mm cord is 6
inches. To make the Snowflake larger than 6
inches, use 2mm material and a 2-inch ring.
Cut the cords 45 inches long. Cut the cords
slightly longer.

Supplies
Needed:

1.5mm Cotton or other flexible material (25
yards)

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

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

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

Pass the ends
under
the ring and over
the folded area of the cord.

Pull both ends to firmly tighten the knot.

Move the left
half over
- under the ring and over
the cord, in a clockwise
direction.

For the right half, rotate counter-clockwise.

Mark the right
half of the cord by putting a
small piece of tape on the tip.

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

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.

Step
4: Pass the right
halfover
- under the left half, and over
the right half as you pull it right
(clockwise).
Tighten it firmly
so it rests next to the ring.

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

To make the
Spiral Snowflake more uniform, it's
important to twist the knots after you've
tied five.

Hold the left holding cord steady while
you move the right working cord to the
left, then under
the holding cord, pulling 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, 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.

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 Spiral
Snowflake so there are five groups
containing four spirals.

Mentally number the four spirals in one
group.

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, around the
other three cords (Two from Spiral 1 and
one from Spiral 3).

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 in 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.

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:
For all the remaining cords, tie a 1-inch Spiral
design using sets of two cords (one long, one
short). Make sure the long cord is to the
left of the short one.

Important:
Push the knots close together, and measure to
verify they are all the same length.

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