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
From large hammocks to fine jewelry,
this well known decorative knot is
suitable for many types of Macrame
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
1: Move working cord
1 to the left, passing over
the fillers (cords 2 - 3) and underworking cord 4.
2: Move working cord
4 to the right, passing it under
the fillers and over
Pull both working cords to tighten the
Half Knot, while holding the fillers so
they have tension.
3: The next Half Knot is
made the same way, but the two working
cords have now switched places.
step 1, moving working cord
step 2, moving working cord
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
ROTATE the knots to the right, so the two
working cords switch places. The cords
will straighten in the area above
for rotating is to make sure the spiral is
uniform all the way down the length of the
Tie another 5 Half knots, and rotate
Repeat one more time, if you have enough
As you create
the Spiral, watch closely to make sure you
don't tie the Half knots in the wrong
I switched directions for this image, so
you could see that there is an obvious
change in the pattern.
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