Description: The Square Knot
Button is a vintage knot rarely seen in modern
Macrame patterns. These decorative knots were
very popular in Macrame designs created in the
This particular type of button knot is easy to
make, and is often used to create heads for
dolls and animals. It's can be used to
decorate just about anything, including wall
hangings, plant hangers, and purses.
Make sure you know how to tie Square
Knots before you try practicing
These knots require more
material than flat designs, since the
cords are folded to form the button.
Keep that in mind if you create your own
designs, and cut the cords at least 8 inches
longer than usual (for each button).
1: Cut 4 cords, each at
least 30 inches long. Secure them to
your board vertically.
Tie a short sennit of three Square Knots,
with two working cords and two
2: Move forward at least
1/4-inch to leave a space, then tie three
more Square knots.
(see information below)
Tip 1: The size of the space depends on
the thickness of the material you are using.
Two cords needs to be able to fit through each
opening, but you need to make sure there's not too
For 6mm material, the space should be
For 4mm material, a 1/4-inch space is
Designer's Tip 2: The height of the
button is determined by how many knots you tie
AFTER the space (second set of SK).
Most Macrame patterns will tell you how many knots
to tie, but you may need to experiment.
Start with 3 SK, and make adjustments after you
see the height of the button (step 5).
3: Mentally number the four
cords. Turn the sennit sideways, so the
first SK is on the left.
Move cords 3 and 4 to the left, towards
the space you made in step 2.
Pass them through the opening on the same
side, between the outer segment and the
4: Move cords 1 and 2 to
the space, and pass them through the other
Turn the Square Knot Button so it's
5: Pull the ends of all 4
cords towards you, while rolling the
second set of SK into the button shape.
Tie one SK to secure the button,
tightening it firmly.
Then tie 2 more knots, since the Square
Knot Button looks better if there are
knots before and after.
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