1. The "Gourmand" pattern
This pattern is made from three Flat knots, tied in different directions (or 1,5 Square Knots). It is often used as a central knot, gathering together several cords.
2. The Square Knot braid
This braid is made from a number of Square Knots. It is one of the most common patterns in Macrame.
3. The "Berry" pattern
To form the "Berry" pattern, first make a Sguare Knot braid of 6-10 knots. Pull the base threads up, between the 3rd and 4th cords above the first knot.
Place the basic threads between the working threads and make one more, finishing Square knot.
4. The Spiral braid
This braid is made from a number of Flat knots tied in the same direction. For a left-twisted braid make left Flat knots, for right-twisted - right knots.
5. The Chain braid
To create this braid make Loop knots, alternating both ends. This braid is very stretchy.
6. The Chameleon braid
Here is how to make it. First, create a Square Knot. Then change positions of the base and working threads - move the base ones to edges, as is shown on the picture.
Tie another Square Knot, then change positions of threads again, etc. The Chameleon braid looks even better if made with two different colored cords.
7. The Square Knot braid with Picots
To make it, create equal loops on both sides after every two Square knots, and fix them with pins.
Then remove the pins and squeeze the knots close to each other. For different, more dense look, make loops after every knot.
8. The Wavy Braid
To create this pretty braid, mount four threads. With edge cords make Loop Knots over two base cords. Alternate right and left working cords.
This braid is especially showy if made with multi-colored cords.
9. Loop Knots Spiral Braid
This simple Spiral braid is created by a sennit of Loop Knots. Using a right end as a working thread will make a Spiral braid that winding to the right, and using the left end will create a left-winding spiral.
10. Two-sided Spiral Braid
Start with 4 threads. Two edge threads will be working threads and two middle ones - base threads. Make 6-7 Loop knots with the right working thread, then 6-7 Loop knots with the working left thread. Pull the base threads every time between switching sides to create a half-circle. Keep alternating the sides until you reach desired length of the braid.
11. Lark's Head Knots Braid
This pretty braid is created on 4 threads using the Frivolite / Lark's Head Knots. Use the two edge ends as base threads and two middle ones as working threads. Tie Lark's Head knots on each side, overlapping the threads in between the knots.
12. Loop Knots Straight Braid
This braid is made with 4 threads using Loop knots. The edge ends are always base threads, and the middle ends are alternating as a second base thread and a working thread (see the picture).
13. Lark's Head Knots Braid II
This type of braid is perfect for Friendship bracelets and looks great when two threads of different colors are used.
Fix two doubled threads to a cushion and make Frivolite / Lark's Head knots with the edge threads, using two middle threads as base threads. Alternate right and left working cords. Make sure that the edge threads are about 6 times longer that the base ones.
This version has small loops left in between knots for a different look.
You can also thread small beads on the loops and create this beautiful braid (here is Beaded Bracelet tutorial based on this pattern).
14. Josephine Knot
This is one of the most beautiful Macrame knots (in my humble opinion)! I love the name too.
Let's do it. Place two threads as shown on picture (instead of two thick threads often are being used two bunches of threads).
(Honestly, I need to look on my cheat-sheet every time I make this knot!).
Pull all four ends evenly.
This knot is perfect for the center of Macrame piece.
15. The Cross Knot
Other names for this knot are Chinese or Lotus knot. Here is how you can make it. Place two threads as shown on the picture below (the first end goes on top of the second, the second on top of the third, the third on top of the forth and the last one is pulled through the loop, created by the first cord), and then pull ends evenly in all four directions.
You will have a very nice square-shaped knot. If made on top of each other, sinnet of these knots creates spiral design (elements in Macrame fruit basket and Macrame bracelet / hair elastic).
16. The Clover Leaf Knot
This Chinese knot brings health and wealth in your house - at least that is what Chinese people are saying!
Make loops with the thread in strict order, as shown on the pictures below. The hardest is the final step - to pull out the certain loops above and under the main large loop (pay attention to the arrows on the next picture).
Remember, your hard work will soon pay off - you will be wealthy and healthy once you are done with this hard knot! Also it is a good training before we start on the Lucky knot!!
17. The Clover Leaf Knot #2
This is another version of the Macrame Clover, or is basically the Macrame Flower knot with only 3 petals. I call patterns like this "mind breakers" - it takes an effort to understand! The easiest instruction to follow IMO is this one. I have found it on Internet, but couldn't locate an original author. Tip: using pins helps a lot!
1. Layout a cord like on the first picture. You can see a first Clover petal, and then the first loop (yellow).
2. Make another loop with the free end of your cord and pull it through the first loop - over, then under. You made a second petal.
3. Take the free end and pull it through the previous loop exactly like it is shown on the picture #3, weaving around the first petal.
4. Pull the ends to tie the knot.
18. The Snake Knot
I don't really know why they call it the Snake knot, but here we go!
Fix two cords. Make a Loop Knot with the right cord.
Then with the left cord tie a loop through the first one. Tie the knot.
I guess, if you keep tieing the Snake knots, you will make a Snake braid!
19. The Chess pattern
This one is very common in Macrame world.
First, create a row of Square knots. In the next row, make the Square knots between the upper row knots, using working cords as base ones and the base ones as working. Continue making rows of knots in this chess order.
20. The "Petals" pattern
Tie a diagonal (from left top to right bottom) Hitch of 6-10 Double Half Hitches. For a second diagonal Hitch (the lower one) use the most left thread as a base thread. After completing a whole row, make a Double Half Hitch with the 1st base thread on the 2nd base cord. Then repeat the diagonal Hitches, but this time - from right top to left bottom.
Here is the Vertical Petals pattern. There is a 8-threads version of the pattern, but you can use 6 and more threads. This narrow design can be used to make Macrame belt, Macrame bracelet, or as an edge for some bigger Macrame piece, like Macrame Hammock.
Take the 5th thread, direct it to the left, and using it as a base cord, make 4 Double Half Hitches.
Then take the first working thread and turn it into the base thread, and make the second row of the Double Half Hitches. Keep a small distance from the first row to make it look like a petal. The last, 4th Double Half Hitch will be made with the base cord of the first row.
Take the second working cord of the second row of the Double Half Hitches. Direct it to the right and make on it 4 Double Half Hitches (with the first working cord and then 3 more threads).
Again, take the first working thread and make on it the second row of the Double Half Hitches. Keep repeating the pattern for as long as you wish.
21. The Diamond pattern
This pretty pattern is being used in bracelets, necklaces, belts, etc. It is usually made on 6 or 8, rarely more or less, cords. On the picture below there is an eight-threads Diamond Braid.
1. First, guide the outmost left cord to the right and, using it as a base thread, make 3 Double Half Hitch knots (or 2, if you have 6 threads total) with the next 3 cords. Repeat on another side, using the outmost right thread as a base cord.
2. Connect two base knots by making a Double Half Hitch knot with the left base cord on the right base thread. Then continue tieing the Double Half Hitches on the right base cord with the rest of the threads.
3. Now take the left base thread (it was a working thread in the previous step) and make on it 3 Double Half Hitch knots.
4. Now back to the left side of our braid. Take the base thread and turn it to the right, and make on it 3 Double Half Hitches. Then turn the right base thread to the left and make Double Half Hitches also. Connect the base threads with the same old Double Half Hitch knot, just like in the step 2.
5. On the picture below you can see a ten-thread Diamond pattern, as well as two other versions of the braid with an open weave.
22. The Lucky Knot (Good Luck Knot)
Yeah, finally - the Lucky knot! It is probably the hardest one, but as people say, the best is always hard to get! My advice: use pins for fixing the cord on each step - it makes your work easier. Ok, let's start!
1. Place the thread as shown on the 1st picture, a "three-petal flower" will appear (Note: The "petals" shouldn't be very long, 2-3 inches will be enough. I made longer ones for better displaying of the knot).
2.Starting with the bottom threads, bend the "petals" as shown on the picture below.
Pull ends evenly in opposite directions. You will have the knot as shown on next picture.
3. Now repeat step 2. You will have two identical knots on top of each other. Carefully pull out the loops from the first (lower) knot to create small "petals" between the large ones.
You now have your very own Lucky Knot! Isn't it pretty?
23. The Sennit Chain
This Chain, also known as the Catepillar Chain, looks very nice from all sides and is often used for bracelets and belts.
First, secure one end of the cord with a pin. Make a counter-clockwise loop, passing the working end under the thread.
Make a fold and push it through the first loop, moving left to right. Pull on the fold to tighten the knot. The working end must stay on the left.
Repeat as many times as necessary to complete the Chain Sennit. Always push the new fold into the one previously made.
To finish the chain, pull the working end into the last loop you made and tighten the knot.
24. The Macrame Fishnet
This Macrame design is created of entirely Connecting / Connect knots, made in alternating pattern. It can be used for making Macrame chairs, hammocks, nautical wall hangings, and even jewelry like Macrame stone wraps, etc.
Make a row of Connect knots, then in the second row take a left cord from one knot and a right cord from another knot and make Connect knots - the right thread will be a working cord. It is easier to understand how it works with a two-tone fishnet, like on the picture below.
Here is a design, using both Connect knots and Square knots.
25. Double Braid
This braid is made of two rows of Frivolite knots and usually used in edges of Macrame accessories. Sometimes it is called a Double Frivolite braid.
1. Start with a Double half hitch knot on one of base cords:
2. Then make a Frivolite knot on another cord:
3. Then a Frivolite knot on the other base cord:
Keep tiying Frivolite knots on both cords as many times as you need. Finish with the Double half hitch knot.
Back view of the braid (not finished):