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Wrapped Knot

Wrapped knot

Description: The Wrapped Knot is a vintage technique frequently seen in Macrame Plant Hangers.   In other crafts, it's called Lashing.

The purpose for this knot is to secure a bundle of several cords that need to be grouped together.

The ends of the working cord can be completely cut off at the top and bottom to finish it off.

The Linen Stitch is a related technique you should also practice.

Below are two pages you should take a look at after practicing this knot.  They show you examples for how this knot can be used.

Click on the link or image to go to the page described.

Sliding Clasps

This knotting technique can be used to make a clasp for a bracelet or necklace.

See Sliding Clasps for more information.

Tree Decoration

The branches for the Tree Decoration are made with the Wrapped knot.

It's a challenge to make the knots long, so this is a good project that will test your skills. 

Wrapped Knot Instructions


You need a group of at least 3 cords to be used to hold the knot.  These are the gold cords shown in the images.

The working cord is a separate piece of material (green cord in images). It should be at least 30 inches long if you are practicing.

Most Macrame patterns will specify how long the cord should be. In most cases, the knot will be around 1 - 2 inches long.



Step 1:  Arrange the cords holding the knot vertically.  Tie an Overhand knot at one end of the working cord (green), and secure it to the left of the other cords.

Fold it just beyond the area you plan to wrap, and bring the working end back towards the knot.  Secure the folded area.

First Wrap

Step 2: Wrap the working end over the holding cords, then under them. 

Make sure it passes under the secured end of the working cord as you pull it to the left.

Next Wrap

Step 3:  Wrap the working end around again, arranging it just below the first wrap.  Make sure it's snug.

Continue wrapping firmly, until you have reached the appropriate size for your project, or are close to the folded area.


Step 4:  Pass the end of the working cord through the folded area, which now looks like a loop.

Pull it all the way through, holding the bundle firmly so the wrap don't loosen. 


Step 5:  Pull the secured end (with the knot), at the top of the knot. 

The folded area will be pulled inside, bringing the working end along with it. 

Pull it about half way through the knot. 

Step 6: In a Macrame project, you would cut the ends of the working cord flush with the top and bottom of the knot. 

Tuck the stubs inside the wrapped portion to hide them.

Skip this step if you are just practicing and want to save the cord.

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