How to do the Wave…Knot

Hello, and welcome back to Ella in the Moon. I have many projects in the works for this blog! Fall is going to be quite full! So be sure to check back often if you like to make and create.

Today, I have a Macrame tutorial that I believe you will love. You will be able to make the most lovely, durable rugs and coasters for your home. I call this knot pattern “the wave”. It is my own naming, yet it could be called something else in the Internets or old Macrame books, yet honestly, I haven’t seen it used in this way elsewhere.

I have used the Wave for festival tops and for home goods. You can see below how it was used in a festival top for a unique and fitted effect.

The Wave:

To make the first part of your wave, or the knot that you are going to be using over and over again is called the Half Knot. As a Right-Handed person, I always tie leftmost rope cord, over the 2 middle working cords, and then right most cord (in a batch of 4 cords) goes under and then over leftmost. You can also start by tying the right most cord first. You will have to do both no matter what IF you make a project longer than 6 rows. See video below:

So, doing the half knot over and over again for a few rows creates a lovely wave effect (🖐🏾) and it has the awesome look of weaving (yep, I weave a little, too, but that’s for another post). One thing that is super important to realize and pay close attention to in doing this knot is that after approximately 6 rows of this knot, it will begin to twist. You will notice this on the leftmost end of the work. So, to prevent this, you have to reverse from doing a right side half knot to doing a left side hand knot for the same amount of rows. However, if you are just making some cute coasters with thick rope (1/4 inch thickness), then you don’t have to reverse to left side half knots at all 👍🏾!

I plan on making a lovely fall rug with tassels with this new method. I’m gonna add tassels on the sides! Just waiting on fall colors to come in at my favorite Etsy shop!

Half Hitch on the ends, wave knots in the middle

Also, be sure to tag me on IG or follow on Pinterest to show me what you decided to make with the Wave!  

IG:  Ellainthemoon

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Happy Making! 🌚🌙

MAKE: Mini Macrame Plant Hanger

Hello There!  It’s almost winter!  It’s been quite a while since I’ve done a how to, and maybe this isn’t the most seasonal, but the weather is cold, and that means crafting! #favoritewinteractivity

This one is fast and simple!  It also is a perfect seasonal gift for just about anyone who likes plants or mini things. And, it’s my most favorited plant hanger in my Etsy shop and most purchased.  And….VIDEO!

The best aspect of this mini plant hanger or tchotchkes display is it’s versatility. It can hang on any wall, in any room and truly, you can put anything in it to display or store, with flair.  Let’s Make it!

3 Simple Supplies:

  1.  Wood ring (I used Boye)
  2. 10 cords cut to 18 inches.  1 cord cut to 10 inches.  Total 11
  3. Scissors

Knots you will Use with short video hyperlink:

  1.  Lark’s head (Mounting Knot) *see step by step below video!
  2.  Single Half Hitch —>  Image result for half hitch knot
  3.  Square Knot
  4. Gathering Knot or Wrapped Knot

I get my rings from Michael’s because it’s close to my home and coupons! Below is how you can lark’s head mount your 10 cords on your wood ring.

You will need 10 cords, and you will need to fold them in half to mount them, which will give you 20 single working cords.  The design is pretty simple.  You will take the inner most cords, from left to right counted, they will be # 10, and #11.  #10 will cross over #9 first, and # 11 will cross over #12 first to opposite sides.  Then, you just countdown on the left from #9 – #1, making half hitch knots.  And increasing on the right side from #12 – #20.

For Row 3, you will do the same, except you start from the middle with cords #9 being pulled to the right, to work increasing half hitches from #13-20, +#11.  And opposite side, #12 being pulled to the left diagonally, and working down decreasing #8-#1, +#10.  See the video tutorial if all of the above sounds confusing.  It’s short and to the point.

Row 4: Make in the very middle with 4 cords, a square knot (right or left, doesn’t matter).

Row 5:  Make to Square Knots, Side by Side.

Row 6:  Make 1 Square Knot with 2 cords from the left square knot from Row 5, and 2 cords from the Right square knot from Row 5 as well.

With the two dangling cords from the far left, start making a spiral knot, you will over, under 5 times total.  Do the same with the far right dangling cords, spiral knot, over under 5 times total.

Row 7:  Gather the 4 cords to the middle from the spiral knots of Left and Right.  Make a square knot in the very middle of your plant hanger.

Row 8:  Gather all of your cords in a bundle, and make a gather knot.

Last, snip the ends, or leave them all messy of different lengths for the boho vibe.  And add a small piece of rope at the top of the ring to hang it, or just hook your wooden ring to your wall.  Add air plant, tiny succulent or bric-a-brac!

Happy Making!