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Vintage Diamonds





 



Vintage Diamonds









 



Description: Vintage Diamonds are the most commonly used decorative knot patterns in Macrame. Most Macrame books will have instructions and projects that use them in one form or another.

You create diagonal rows of Double Half Hitches (DHH), to make both the top and bottom of the diamond.

It's the design in the center that can be changed.  On this page are six of the most common vintage designs suitable for the center area.

Make sure you know the difference between holding and working cords.  See the Dictionary for more details.
























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Basic Instructions for Top of Diamonds





 








When you make ALL the Vintage Diamonds on this page, you start by creating the top half

In the example, a different color was used for the two holding cords (turquoise), to make learning easier.  

When practicing, you can fold 5 cords in half, or use 10 individual cords.  

In a Macrame project, the cords may be mounted to something or come from other knots.


Secure the cords to a project board with pins. There should be 4 working cords, followed by 2 holding cords, and 4 more working cords



















Mentally Number

Step 1: Mentally number the working cords 1 - 4 on the left of the holding cords, and 5 - 8 on the right.

Cross the two holding cords.





 













DHH with Holding Cords

Step 2: Attach one holding cord to the other with a Double Half Hitch. (see below)

Many Macrame patterns will have you start the Vintage Diamonds by crossing only, but it's better if the top point has a knot, even if you have to remove it later.










 



Half Hitch Instructions:

Move the working cord over - under the holding cord.  Make sure the end passes over the working cord, as you pull it to the side.

Tie a second knot the same way, to make a Double Half Hitch (DHH).


Step 3:  Secure the holding cord on the left diagonally, with tension.

The angle of the holding cords determines the shape of Vintage Diamonds, so adjust each one until you are satisfied with the shape.









 



 
Attach Cord 4

Attach working cord 4 to the left holding cord, with a DHH. 

Rotate clockwise, so the end is heading towards the right after the knots are tied.




 








 



Left Side

Step 4: Attach working cords 3 - 1 to the holding cord with DHH. 

Rotate clockwise with these knots, too.















Important Tip:  When making rows of DHH for Vintage Diamonds, you usually attach the working cords progressing in the same direction as how you moved the holding cord. 

In this case, the holding cord was moved right to left.  So the cords are attached right to left, or 4 - 1.














 



Right Side

Step 5: Move the other holding cord to the right, and secure it. 

Attach cords 5 - 8 to it with DHH, rotating in a  counter-clockwise direction.



















Important:  Keep the holding cords secured to your board as you work on the inside of the diamond, which is made with the working cords ONLY.


















 



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Variations for Inside of Diamond










 



Below are six variations you can use to decorate the inside of Vintage Diamonds.  They were frequently seen in Macrame of the early 1900's.

In more modern patterns, the first design is the most common.


Your Vintage Diamonds will have a tendency to have rounded edges, unless you use some method to support the side angles

In the images below, the right and left edges of the diamond were secured, near cords 1 and 8.  That's to hold the side angles so they remain sharp. 


Another option is to tie tight Overhand knots with the holding cords, so they rest at the right and left corners.



















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Square Knot Technique










Square Knot Technique














Description:  The Square Knot technique is the most common variation you will find in Macrame patterns. 

Create the top of the diamond first, following the Basic Instructions above.



















Start First Half

Step 1:  Mentally number the working cords 1 - 8

For the first half of the Square Knot, move cord 1 to the left. 

It should pass over the fillers (2 -7), and under cord 8.















Complete First Half

Step 2:  Move cord 8 under the fillers, and over cord 1, as you pull it to the left.

Tighten the SK so it lines up with the pins at the right and left edges.



















Start Second Half

Step 3:  The second half of the SK is tied in reverse direction.  Mentally re-number the cords.

Move cord 8 over the fillers and under cord 1.















Complete 2nd Half

Step 4:  Bring cord 1 under the fillers and over cord 8 on the right.



















Left Holding Cord

Step 5:  Move the left holding cord towards the center and secure it.

Attach working cords 1 - 4 to it with DHH

Rotate counter-clockwise when tying the knots.



















Left Holding Cord

Step 6:  Move the right holding cord to the center.

Attach working cords 8 - 5 to it with DHH (in that order).

Rotate clockwise.



















Connect Holding Cords

Step 7: Complete the Vintage Diamond by tying one holding cord onto the other with a DHH.

In some Macrame projects, you will be asked to skip this step and only cross the cords, before moving on to the next knot.
























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Folded Technique





 



Folded Technique 



 



 



Description: For the Folded Technique, the working cords are attached to the holding cord (at the bottom) in reverse order.

A space is formed in the center, surrounded by folded cords. The design actually looks a little like a window with a curtain.




 













Left Holding Cord

Step 1: Create the top of the diamond as described in the Basic Instructions.

Move the left holding cord towards the center (right).  Secure it so it's taut.















Attach Cord 1 First

Step 2:  Move working cord 4 across the other three cords.

Attach it to the left holding cord, rotating counter-clockwise.
 
Attach working cord 3 - 2 - 1 (in that order).















Design Tip: When tying diagonal rows of DHH, you usually start with the working cord closest to the holding cord. 

But in this design, you start with the one furthest from the holding cord.




 








 
Start With Cord 5

Step 3: Move the right holding cord to the center, and secure it. 

Attach cords 5 - 6 - 7 - 8  in that order) with DHH, rotating clockwise.




 








 
DHH with Holding Cord

Step 4: The final step for most Vintage Diamonds is to close the bottom. 

You do this by attaching one holding cord to the other with a DHH.









 








 



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Alternating Square Knot Technique










Alternating SK Technique














Description:  This is another common technique for filling the center of Vintage Diamonds. 

You tie four Alternating Square knots rather than one single Square Knot.



















Step 1:  Create the top of the diamond as in the Basic Instructions.  Make sure you keep the holding cords secured to you board. 

Mentally number the working cords 1 - 8.



















One Square Knot

Tie the first Square Knot with cords 3 and 6. The fillers are 4 and 5. Tighten it so it rests near the top of the diamond. 

This image shows only the first half of the SK, which is why working cords 3 and 6 are switched.















Two Square Knots

Step 2: For the next row, tie a SK with cords 1 - 4.  The working cords are 1 and 4.  The fillers are 2 and 3.

Tie another SK using cords 5 - 8.  The working cords are 5 and 8.  The fillers are 6 and 7.















One Square Knot

Step 3: The next row is just like the first.  Tie one SK with cords 3 - 6.  The fillers are cords 4 and 5.

Start the bottom of the Vintage Diamond by moving the holding cords to the center. (see next image)










 
Bottom

Step 4:  Attach cords 1 - 4, to the left holding cord, rotating counter-clockwise.

Attach cords 8 - 5 to the right holding cord, rotating clockwise.

Attach one holding cord to the other.




 













 



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Larks Head Technique





 



 Larks Head Technique








 



Description:  Here's another interesting technique you can use for the inside of Vintage Diamonds. 

You tie two Vertical Larks Head knots, after you make the top half following the Basic Instructions.



















First Half of knot

Step 1: Mentally number the working cords 1 - 8.  For the Larks Head knot on the left, use working cord 4.

Bring it over cords 1 - 3, and under them (clockwise).

Bring it towards the right, and pass over cord 4, to complete the first half of the Larks Head knot.




 













Second Half of Knot

Step 2:  Move cord 4 under - over cords 1 - 3.

As you bring the end to the right, pass under cord 4.

Steps 1 and 2 = One Larks Head knot.
















Step 3:  Repeat steps 1 and 2 on the right, using working cord 5 to tie the knot around cords 6 - 8.   Rotate counter-clockwise.  


Move the holding cords to the center and secure them so they are taut.



















Complete the Bottom

Step 4:  Attach working cords 1 - 4 to the left holding cord (counter-clockwise). 

Attach cords 8 - 5 to the right holding cord (clockwise).

Attach one holding cord to the other.




















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Weaving Technique





 



 Weaving Technique








 



Description: The center of Vintage Diamonds can be decorated with a simple weaving pattern.

This design was found in a Macrame book written in 1905, and other variations have been seen in more modern books.




 








 



Step 1: Make the top of the diamond first, following the Basic Instructions.





 



 



Mentally Number

Mentally number the working cords 1 - 8. 

Move the left holding cord towards the center, and secure it so it's taut.



















Attach Cords 5 - 8

Step 2: Move cords 1 - 4 out of the way for now. 

Attach cords 5 - 8 to the left holding cord with DHH (counter-clockwise).

They will cross the center of the diamond, right to left.










 
Weave Cord 4

Step 3:  Move the right holding cord to the center and secure it.

Weave cord 4 over - under - over - under cords 5 - 8.

Pass it under the right holding cord.















 
Weave Cord 3

Step 4: Weave working cord 3 in a similar manner, passing under - over - under - over cords 5 - 8.

Make sure you place it under the right holding cord after doing the weaving.





 








 



Step 5:  Repeat steps 3 and 4, weaving the last two cords (2 and 1).   Cord 2 is woven as in step 3.  Cord 1 is woven as in step 4.

Attach cords 4 - 1 to the right holding cord with DHH (clockwise). 

Attach one holding cord to the other to complete the diamond.



















 



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Twist Technique










Twist Technique













Description:  This is an unusual method for decorating the inside of Vintage Diamonds.  It was found in a Macrame book written in 1899.  

The cords are simply wrapped around each other, rather than tying knots.



















Wrap Around

Step 1: Start by making the top of the diamond, as in the Basic Instructions.  Divide the working cords into two groups (1 - 4 and 5 - 8).

Wrap cords 5 - 8 around the other four, keeping all the cords neatly arranged side-by-side.  



















Attach Cords

Step 2:  Move the holding cords to the center.

Attach cords 1 - 4 to the left holding cord rotating counter-clockwise.

Attach cords 5 - 8 to the right holding cord clockwise.

Attach one holding cord to the other with a DHH.






























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