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Triangle Knot

Triangle Knot


Description: The Triangle Knot is a vintage Macrame technique that is rarely used anymore. I found it in a book written in 1899, but not in any books after that time.

You could use this interesting decorative knot in either an Alternating or V Pattern, instead of Square Knots. It can also be used to make a sennit, as well as a unique type of mount. 

These variations are shown below the basic instructions.

To view a Macrame pattern where this knot is featured, see the Triangle Bracelet.

Basic Instructions


Step 1: To practice, fold one cord in half and secure it to your board vertically

Create the knot the first time with the cords on a project board, so you can use pins. Once you become familiar with this knot, practice tying it in hand without the pins.

Form a Bight  

Step 2: Pull the left end under the right one, forming a bight (heading right). Secure it to your board.

Bight = Narrow Fold


Under Left End   Step 3: Bring the right end up towards the top, starting a clockwise loop.

Pass it under the left end.

Area Above the Bight  

Step 4: Still using the right end, bring it to the area above the bight, where the two ends cross.

Pass under - over the two segments, as you continue to rotate clockwise.


End Through Bight   Step 5: Bring the right end down to the bight. Pass the end through it, over - under the two segments.

Tightened Knot   Carefully tighten the knot by pulling on the ends.

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Triangle Mount

The Triangle Knot can be used to form an interesting mount.

To practice this variation, you need 1 holding cord and at least 3 working cords.

  Triangle Knot Mount


Step 1: Fold one of the working cords in half, and secure it to your board. Tie a Triangle Knot following the basic instructions (steps 1 - 5).

When you tighten it, remove most of the slack above the knot, so you have only a small loop.

This is called a "picot", which gives character to the edge of items like handbags and curtain designs.


Holding Cord  

Secure a holding cord horizontally to your board so it's taut. Slide the ends of the first cord under it.

The knot should rest above the holding cord.



Step 2: Attach each end to the holding cord with a Double Half Hitch.

For the left half, rotate clockwise to make the two Half Hitches. 

For the right half, rotate counter-clockwise.


Triangle Knot Mount

Step 3: Repeat the same process with the other working cords, adding more Triangles to the holding cord.

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Triangle Sennit


Several Triangle Knots can be tied in a chain (sennit).

It's best to leave a small amount of space between the knots, so they can be seen more clearly.

You will need one cord, at least 25 inches long.

Triangle Knot Sennit

Space Above Knot  

The process for tying the Triangle knot is the same as described in the basic instructions.

Important: The bights should be pushed upward, so there is only a small amount of space above them.


Same Process  

When you are using the right end to make the rest of the knot, the space above the bight looks like a loop. Don't let that confuse you.

The end still passes through it, under - over.  Then it goes through the bight.


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Alternating Triangle Pattern

Alternating Design

You can use the Triangle Knot to form an alternating pattern, similar to how you use Alternating Square Knots.

To practice, you need 3 cords folded in half (or 6 separate cords).  It helps if you mount them to another cord.


First Row  

Row 1: Mentally number the cords 1 - 6, moving left to right. Tie 3 Triangle Knots using sets of two cords.

Make sure they all line up in a horizontal row.

Second Row, Knot 1  

Row 2: Start the second row of knots by using cords 2 and 3 to make the first triangle.

Make the bight with cord 2.

The rest of the knot is made with cord 3.


Second Row, Knot 2   To make the next Triangle for Row 2, use cord 4 to make the bight.

Cord 5 is used for the rest of the knot.

Third Row Same as First  

Row 3: The next row is tied as follows:

The knot on the left is tied with cords 1 and 2. For the knot on the right, use cords 5 and 6.

The knot in the center is tied with 3 and 4.


Triangle Knots
  Repeat rows 2 and 3 as many times as necessary to produce the net-like design.

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