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Western Belt

Western Belt


Description:  The Western Belt pattern is a great project to help you learn the process of tying Chevrons (diagonal rows) and Diamonds. 

To give this Macrame design a unique appearance, you can add beads or buttons to the cords inside the diamonds, or between the chevrons.

The closure is made with a button (or bead) rather than a buckle, or you can simply pass the ends through the clasp and tie them together to secure the belt.

There is a ring in the back, which you can also place in the front to make the clasp differently than what is described (step 15).

The finished width is 1.5 inches.


Supplies Needed:

  • 4mm Cord Material (amount depends on size, see step 1)
  • One 1.5-inch (or 2-inch) ring
  • One large shank style button (or bead)
  • Project Board and pins
  • Beads (optional)

Knots Used:



SECTION A: Chevrons


Step 1:  Measure your waist or hip area, where you want the Western belt to rest. 

Cut 5 cords, your waist/hip measurement x 4.

To determine the amount to purchase for your Western Belt, multiply the length of the cords by 5, and divide by 36 to get the yards (or meters).


Step 2:  Attach the cords to one side of the ring with Larks Head Knots, after folding them in half.   Mentally number the cords 1 - 10, moving left to right.

Move cord 6 to the left, and cord 5 to the right, so they crisscross.

Secure both holding cords to your project board so they have tension.

Attach working cords 4 - 1 to cord 6 with clockwise DHH. 

Attach working cords 7 - 10 to  cord 5 with counter-clockwise DHH. 

Tighten all these knots firmly and evenly, so the bars are neat.


Step 3: Move cord 4 to the right, and cord 7 to the left, so they crisscross.

Secure both of them with tension, as they are the next set of holding cords.

Attach cords 3 - 1 to holding cord 7 with clockwise DHH.

Attach cords 8 - 10 to holding cord 4 with counter-clockwise DHH.

Tighten firmly, so the bars are close together.

Step 4:   For the next row, cord 8 should be moved left, and cord 3 right, as the final set of holding cords (crossed).

Attach cords 2 and 1 to cord 8 with clockwise DHH.

Attach cords 9 and 10 to holding cord 3 with counter-clockwise DHH. 

  Step 5:  Re-number ALL the cords 1 - 10. 

Add a bead to cords 5 and 6 (optional).


Step 6:  Repeat steps 2 - 5 several more times, until the belt design measures 1/2 the total length you need, divided by 2.  

So for a 40-inch belt, you should stop at 10 inches.



SECTION B - Diamonds


Step 7:  Now you will make a series of diamonds for the Western Belt.   


Move cord 6 to the left, diagonally. 

Do the same with cord 5, moving it to the right, so the two crisscross.

These are the holding cords, and should be secured with tension. 


Attach cords 4 - 1 to holding cord 6 (rotate clockwise)

Attach cords 7 -10 to holding cord 5 (counter-clockwise).

This is where you can add beads or other knots inside the diamond. 

When adding knots, use only the working cords, not the holding cords.

See Vintage Diamonds for ideas on how to decorate the diamonds for the Western Belt.



Step 8:  Move the same holding cords (5 - 6) towards the center of the diamond.

Attach the other cords to them as you did in step 7.  You will need to rotate counter-clockwise on the left and clockwise on the right, when tying the DHH. 


Step 8, continued:  Attach one holding cord to the other with a DHH, to complete the first diamond of the Western Belt design.

Step 9:  Repeat steps 7 and 8 several more times, until this portion of the belt measures the same as the section with the chevrons, minus 2 inches.



Step 10:  Measure the Western Belt against your waist/hips to see how close you are to completing the first half. 

The ring should be in the center of your back when you measure. 

You can make additional Diamond designs as needed to reach the front, but be careful.  You still need to tie 4 rows of DHH and create the clasp, which will add approximately 2 inches.

Important: The Buttonhole clasp requires a button or large bead. 

Another option is to just slide the ends through the Buttonhole design that you will be making in step 15.

You can omit that step completely if you do not want this type of closure. You will need to measure the Western Belt again so it's exactly half the size you need, which includes the method you choose for the clasp.


Step 11:  Mentally re-number the cords 1 - 10. 

Move cord 1 diagonally towards the center of the belt.

Do the same with cord 10.

Important:  Both holding cords should rest against the lower edge of the last Diamond tied, on the same angle. 

Attach cords 2 - 5 to cord 1 with counter-clockwise DHH. 

Attach cords 9 - 6 to cord 10 with clockwise DHH.

Tighten firmly, so the bar formed is against the lower edge of the diamond.

Move holding cords 1 and 10 out of the way, and don’t use them for step 12.


Step 12:  Mentally number the remaining cords 1 - 8. 

Cords 1 and 8 will hold the knots for this row.  Position them along the row of DHH you tied in the previous step.

Tie another row of DHH, attaching cords 2 - 4 to cord 1. 

Cords 7 - 5 should be attached to cord 8.

Move these cords out of the way, and don't use them for step 13.


Step 13:  Mentally number the remaining cords 1 - 6. 

Cords 1 and 6 hold the knots, so secure them diagonally with tension.

Attach cords 2 and 3 to cord 1, and cords 4 and 5 to cord 6

Move the holding cords out of the way again.


Step 14:  For the final row, attach cord 2 to cord 1.

Do the same with cord 3, attaching it to cord 4.



Double Buttonhole Clasp

Now it's time to create the clasp for your Western Belt.  Follow the instructions below for a Buttonhole design.

Omit these steps if you decided to change the closure to something that does not require a finished loop.

Step 15:  Organize all the cords into 2 groups of 5.  Mentally number the cords moving left to right (1 - 10). 

Use cord 1 to tie 4 Vertical Larks Head knots onto cords 2 - 5.


Step 16:  Use cord 10 as the next working cord, and tie 4 Vertical Larks Head Knots onto cords 6 - 9.

Before you complete the next step, make sure the button or bead you chose for the closure will fit through the buttonhole design you just made.

You can add or subtract knots as needed until it fits.


Step 17: Bring all the cords together, and use the same working cords (1 and 10), to tie a tight Square Knot.

The rest of the cords are the fillers.


Step 18: Cut all the cords to 2 inches. You can either make Barrel Knots in the tips of each cord, or add beads, followed by a Barrel knot.

Cut the cords longer if you want a fringe.

Apply glue as you tighten the knots, so it's on the inside. Wait until it dries before moving on.



Second Half of Western Belt


Step 19:  Repeat steps 1 - 14 to make the the 2nd half of the Western Belt.

Important:  Since there is no buttonhole, you may need to tie extra diamonds in step 10, BEFORE tying the 4 rows of DHH in step 11. 

Test the size by putting the belt on, and measure carefully



Finishing Touches

Step 20:  You have two finishing options when using a Buttonhole Clasp:

Option 1:  Move cords 5 and 6 aside, and finish off all the others by weaving them through spaces in the back of the belt.

Pass cords 5 and 6 through the shank in the button used for the clasp.

Tie an Overhand knot (or Barrel knot) to secure it, applying glue to the inside of the knot as you tighten it.

Cut off the excess material when the glue dries.

Finishing Option 2:  Trim the ends so they are all the same length.  Tie Overhand knots at the tips (or coat the ends with glue).

To form the closure, pass the ends through the Buttonhole Clasp and let them dangle.


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