Hello again! Welcome to my first macrame pattern tutorial! I am sharing this simple, yet chic macrame banner bunting pattern as my first “make” post. It is a beautiful back drop or decor for a wedding show, baby shower, nursery or any room you feel needs a tranquil, elegant vibe!
It is the most popular item in my Etsy shop by sales and favorites. I have made sooo many of them in different sizes and colors! They are quite versatile and go with many different design motifs, be it minimalist or bohemian.
Triangles are popular in all types of design from architectural to visual. Must be something deep in our beings harkening to the Pyramids of Egypt. Anyhooter, this design uses one type of knot and just a tiny bit of math! So, 3-2-1, let’s get started! 🚀
First off, you will need to gather your materials and a place to make it!
• Any Cotton Rope or Bulky Yarn. I use 3/16 inch Cotton Rope for this tutorial. (Cotton rope purveyor I use is knot and rope supply, but Etsy has some great suppliers and Modern Macrame is also a great place for cotton rope).
So, to make a 4 foot long bunting with 5 pennants (the triangles) you will need to cut 50 pieces of yarn or rope (i will call it cord in directions) in progressively longer tendrils. There are 10 pieces per pennant, so 10 times 5 = 50. Each square knot, as I calculated with 3/16 cotton rope takes up 2.5 inches. So, I made each piece longer than the previous, 1-2 inches longer. Ideally, I should’ve made them 2.5 inches longer, but alls well that ends well. My main goal was to not waste rope. And the closer you get to the middle, the longer cords have to be!
So, a few terms to go over:
Bight: The loop of a knot. Where it bends in half.
Working cord: The cord or cords doing all of the work of going under and over.
Lark’s Head Knot: Most Common Mounting Knot. Short video below.
How to Lark’s Head Knot
Square Knot: A very common knot. Very important.
How to Square Knot
Let’s Make It!
label your cords in each 4 cluster 1-4, from Left to Right. 1 and 4 will be your working cords for every square knot. 2 and 3 will be the middle cords all being worked around.
Separate all cords into 5 separate bundles of 10.
row 1: take first 10 cords and mount them with a larks head knot onto your 4 ft rope, mounting 1-5, smallest to largest, and then from largest to smallest. (see photo 1 below). Then, make 5 separate square knots with each cluster of 4. you can work from L to R or R to L. It doesn’t matter.
row 2: next row, from leftmost, make 4 separate square knots with each cluster of 4, however, unlike the previous cluster, you will take 2 cords from the left and 2 cords from a different knot on the right. Repeat this until you have 4 square knots. (see photos below for visual understanding)
row 3: repeat the method of row 2 taking 2 from left and 2 from right, tying 3 square knots
row 4: repeat method 2, tying 2 square knots
row 5: finally, tie one square knot in the middle making the point of the triangle.
Now, if you are making yours exactly like mine, use a measuring tape and measure 6 inches down. Once you have done so, cut all cords across 6 inches. ( I don’t mind if mine unravel a little, if you do mind, just dip them in beeswax or tape the ends).
So, repeat the above 4 more times per pennant, leaving 4 inches in between each pennant and you have yourself a beautiful macrame wall bunting! Swoon. 😍
Next tutorial in 4 days is all about uses for Tomato Cages! You won’t want to miss it!