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Spiral Stitch

Spiral Stitch

Description: The Spiral Stitch is also called the Half Knot Spiral, because it's made with 1/2 of a Square Knot.

This historical knot is frequently seen in both modern and vintage Macrame patterns.

From large hammocks to fine jewelry, this well known decorative knot is suitable for many types of Macrame projects.

When you tie a regular Square Knot, you alternate the direction the cords move for each half, which keeps it flat.  For this design, the cords are moved in the same direction each time, which causes the twisting.

To practice the Spiral Stitch, you need four 36-inch cords secured to a project board vertically. 

Mentally number them 1 - 4.  Cords 1 and 4 are the working cords.

In a Macrame project, the working cords will usually be much longer than the fillers, especially in vintage patterns.   Since you are just practicing, they can be the same length.


Cord 1

Step 1: Move working cord 1 to the left, passing over the fillers (cords 2 - 3) and under working cord 4.

Cord 4

Step 2: Move working cord 4 to the right, passing it under the fillers and over cord 1.

Pull both working cords to tighten the Half Knot, while holding the fillers so they have tension.

Cord 4

Step 3:  The next Half Knot is made the same way, but the two working cords have now switched places.

Repeat step 1, moving working cord 4.

Repeat step 2, moving working cord 1.


Step 4:  Tie 3 more Half knots, always moving the working cord currently on the LEFT first (step 1). 

Push the knots close together as you progress.

ROTATE the knots to the right, so the two working cords switch places.

5 Knots

The purpose for rotating is to make sure the spiral is uniform all the way down the length of the sennit.

Step 5:  Tie another 5 Half knots, and rotate again. 

Repeat one more time, if you have enough material.


As you create the Spiral, watch closely to make sure you don't tie the Half knots in the wrong direction. 

I switched directions for this image, so you could see that there is an obvious change in the pattern.

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