Ya know what I love…Macrame + Bunting. And another sweet holiday is quickly approaching. In the US, February 14th is a day of love. Hearts are everywhere, they are in candy, they are in chocolate and yasss, I got a heart mask!
No valentine for me this year 😭, first time in many, many moons, but maybe you are feeling the poke of cupid’s arrow? Ready to craft your V day Macrame Bunting?! No better day to get knotty than V day!
You will need a somewhat rigid rope/cord for this project. The 3 strand cotton rope I have used in previous projects on here wont do to keep the shape of this. I used a cotton twisted kitchen twine for this. I picked it up at a hardware store. It was inexpensive and comes in a ball like some yarns. I will list what I use in Materials section.
🙌🏾 hands for knotting
Thin cotton twisted twine (aka Butcher’s Twine)
1 long piece of cord measuring 5 feet
44 pieces of cotton twine measuring 30 inches each
Knot techniques used:
Lark’s head knot
Left square knot (sq knot) = 4 cords tied
Half Hitch (HH) (twice around a filler cord)
The Knotting Pattern
Pattern is worked in rows from left to right.
Hang your 5 ft long piece on whatever you use to macrame. I use an ikea mulig stand usually, yet there are many clever ways to set up your rope like 3M hooks on your wall evenly spaced, a foam board with macrame pins or, in a warm clime, tying it between to trees.
Row 1:Hang all 44 pieces via Lark’s Head Knot onto 5ft long piece. Each cluster of 8 cords should be spaced 4 inches apart approximately.
R2: Make 22 left sq knots. (Sq knots consist of 4 cords (bundles) each)
R3: Make 11 left sq knots from the 4 middlemost cords of the row above sq knot clusters. So, you will take 2 cords from sq knot on left and 2 cords from sq knots on right
R4: Take the two dangling unworked cords from the sq knot on the left and marry them to the two dangling unworked cords from the R2 square knot on right. When combining them, you need to have them meet in the middle, two inches of length down from their r2 single sq knots. It is also important to loosely combine them not tautly because you will gently push the sq knot upwards just a hair to get the oval shaping above. (The knot should easily slide if you place your thumb on the front and index finger behind in a pinching type grasp). You will do the above all the way across. Total 11
R5: Make 22 sq knots. You will be taking 2 cords from a sq knot on the left and 2 from sq knot on right to make each knot. If you ever find that you are using all 4 cords from one single sq knot, you will need to retrace as you’ve made a mistake. Of course, the first and the final knots will be different. You will not have an actual heart at the beginning and end. See photo tutorial.
R6: Make 11 sq knots. This time, the sq knot will be so close and tight that it kisses the two knots above which are from r5. Your heart is forming from the kiss! 😊
R7: take the outermost cord from row 5s leftmost square knot and half hitch it down that knot and row 6s knot in a down and diagnoally to the right fashion. Do this on the left side all the way across (11)
R8: Finally, repeat R7 except using the right outermost cord from r5’s right most sq knot and HH it around down that knot and r6 knot in a down and diagnonally to the left fashion. Finally, half hitch the left cord in the middle over the right middle filler cord. See photo.
There you have it! I hope the write up isnt too jumbled. I do re-visit posts every so often to clean them up and add more photorials. If you have questions, just shoot me an email: EllaintheMoon@gmail.com And come join me on IG.
Happy Making 🌚