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Zigzag Pendant

Zigzag Pendant

Description: This Zigzag Pendant is a great focal point for a Macrame necklace design.

The decorative knot used is called the Zipper Sennit.  It is a variation of the Chain Sennit, which you can also use to make a pendant.

After you make the pendant, you can use the same cords to make the necklace.

This is an easy project, suitable for older children, teens and adults.



Supplies Needed:

  • 2 mm - 4 mm Paracord or other material (3 yards)
  • Project Board and Pins


Step 1: Cut one cord, 2 yards long (for just the pendant).

Important:  Make sure you cut the cord longer if you intend to make the necklace with the same cord.  The amount of extra material will depend on the design you plan to make, so determine that first and add 2 yards for the pendant.

Seal the fibers at the tips with a flame if using Paracord.  Read the bottom section of Cord Preparation for more details.

Prepare the tips with glue if using other materials.


Make a Loop  

Step 1: Make a loop at the center of the cord, crossing left over right.

Label the ends of the cords if that helps you keep track of them, or just remember that they have switched places.


Left Half  

Step 2: Fold the left half to make the first bight. 

Pass it into the loop under - over, heading right to left.


Small Loop  

Step 3: Pull the right half of the cord to tighten the loop around bight 1.

Create a small loop from a portion of the left half, just outside the first loop.


Designer's Tip:  The size of the small loop depends on the thickness of the material you are using to make the Zigzag Pendant. 

It should only be large enough for one piece of material to fit through it.

Right Half  

Step 4: Fold the right half to make bight 2.

Pass it into bight 1 over - under, heading left to right.

Pull on the left half to tighten bight 1.


Important Tip:  The key to tightening the Zigzag Pendant is to pull on the portion that leads to the bight made in the previous step.  

AFTER the previous bight is tightened, reduce the size of the newest bight by pulling on the portion you used to make it.

Left Half  

Step 5: Fold the left half of the cord to make another bight (3).

Pass it into bight 2 over - under (right to left).

Pull the right half to tighten bight 2 around it.



Step 6: Repeat steps 4 and 5 several times, until the Zigzag Pendant is 3 to 4 inches long.  It will be folded in half, so the finished size will be 1.5 - 2 inches.

You can make it larger if you wish.  Measure to make sure you still have enough material to make the necklace, then enlarge it as needed.

Important: Make sure the last bight made is with the left half of the cord.


Thru Loop  

Rotate the pendant around on you board as shown.

Pass the right end of the cord through the small loop from below (under - over).  Fold it to make the next bight, passing it through the one made with the left half of the cord.

Pull on the left half to tighten.


Left End  

Step 7: Locate the left end of the cord and pass it through the bight you just made.

Pull on the right half to tighten the previous bight.

Pull the left half most of the way through, but leave a loop for the next step.


Right End  

Step 8: Pass the right end through the loop and pull firmly on the left half of the cord.

Pull out all the slack as you tighten.  You can add glue to the final knot if you wish.


  The Zigzag Pendant is finished, and you would now use the remaining material to make the necklace.

One simple method is to tie a series of button knots to make the necklace. 

See Learn Macrame for ideas.

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