The Square Knot Weave was found
in a Macrame book written in 1903, so it's
a vintage technique. It is a
variation of the Fish Bone
Designs, but the working
cords weave through one another.
This decorative knot can be used for
Hammocks, in the same way a Clew
is positioned between the ring and the
It makes a nice belt if made with finer
materials, or fewer cords.
Make sure you know how to tie a Square
Knot before you get started.
1: To practice
the Square Knot Weave, you need one filler
cord, folded in half and placed in the
center of your board (dark blue cord
Place three 2-yard working cords on both
sides of the fillers. Mentally
number the cords as shown, starting at the
center and moving outward.
Tips: When using this
knotting technique in a Macrame project, make sure
you always have the same number of cords on each
side of the fillers.
This design looks better if the colors are the
same on both sides, arranged in opposite
directions, as shown in the images.
To use this technique in a Hammock design, you
would attach the cords to a ring, rather than
directly to a project board.
2: Use working
cord 1 from both sides to tie one
Square Knot onto the fillers.
Move the working cords to the right and
left, then secure them.
continued: Make sure the cords have
tension in the area above the first knot, and when
you secure them. This applies to all
the remaining steps for the Square Knot Weave.
Placing a pin above the first knot will prevent
the SK from sliding upward.
3: Pass working
cord 2 (both sides) under
working cord 1. Use them to tie the second Square
Knot, tightening it so it rests against
the first knot.
Secure the two cords after moving them off
to the sides.
cord 3on both sides,
then weave them over
cord 1 and under
Use the two cords to tie the 3rd SK onto
the fillers, resting against the 2nd knot.
Secure cord 3 as you did the others.
5: Select working
cord 4 from both sides, and weave
- over - under cords 1 - 3.
Tie the Square Knot, then secure the two
Tip: From this point onward, it's
important that the cords have lots of tension in
So pull on cords 1 - 4 and re-secure each one
6: Weave cord
- under - over - under cords 1 -
Tie the Square Knot and secure the cords.
7: On both sides,
6 through the other five cords under
- over - under - over - under.
Tie the SK, then secure cord 6 off to the
sides with the others.
To neaten the top area of the Square Knot
Weave, move the cords close to each other.
8: Select cord
1 on both sides, and weave
- over - under - over - under the
Tie the SK onto the fillers.
step 8, using working cord
2 on both sides.
The over - under sequence is the same.
Repeat step 8, using working cord
Repeat again using working cord
Push the cords close together in the woven
areas. The right and left edges of the
Square Knot Weave design should be
step 8, using working cord
Then do the same with working cord
Tip: When using this design as part
of a Hammock, the ends would be pulled taut when
the weaving is finished, and secured to the dowel
with Double Half Hitches.
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