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Wrapped Knot

Wrapped Knot

Description: The Wrapped Knot is a vintage technique frequently seen in Macrame Plant Hangers.  It can also be used as a clasp for a necklace or bracelet.  See Sliding Clasps for more information.

The purpose of this basic decorative knot is to secure a bundle of several cords that need to be grouped together.  The ends can be cut off at the top and bottom, as shown in this image.


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 20 inches long. Most Macrame patterns will specify how long the cord should be.

In most Macrame projects, the Wrapped knot is usually 1 - 2 inches long, when measuring from the upper to lower edge. 



Step 1:  Arrange the cords holding the knot vertically (gold).  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 up.  Secure the folded area.

First Wrap

Step 2: Wrap the working end over the front of the bundle, and under the back of it. 

Make sure it passes under the secured end of the working cord.

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 fold.


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 on 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. 

You can now tuck the ends inside the wrapped area, or cut them off flush with the top and bottom of the knot.


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