Creating a Square Knot

Creating a Square Knot

Knotting can be used in beads jewellery making purely for function – to hold beads in the correct position – or more decoratively, adding texture and interest to the piece. Experiment with different knots on different stringing materials for a whole host of design possibilities.

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Also known as the flat knot, this type pf knot consists of two opposite half knots. It is probably one of the most popular knots used in macrame. As a rough guide, your cord should be four times the length of your finished project.

Step 1:

Attach three lengths of cord to a macrame board with a T-pin, leaving a 6-inch tail. Tie the first half of the square knot by bringing the left cord over the middle ('core' or 'filler') cord, making an 'L' shape.


Step 2:

Bring the right cord over the tail of the left cord, then under the middle cord and up through the loop made by the left cord.


Step 3:

Pull the left and right thread tight around the core to secure.


Step 4:

To make the second half of the square knot starting on the right, bring the right thread over the core, making a 'C' shape.


Step 5:

Bring the left cord over the tail of the right, under the core, and back up through the loop made by the right cord.


Step 6:

Pull the left and right cords tight around the core, pushing the knot up so that is sits snugly underneath the first half knot that you made.


Happy Beading, and don't forget to check out our other Jewellery Tutorials and Free Jewellery Making Videos.

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