MACRAMÉ NECKLACE

Mollie Makes - - Contents - Sally Wil­son Sally’s a greet­ing card de­signer liv­ing in Northamp­ton­shire, who loves to paint, draw and il­lus­trate. Her other cre­ative pas­sion is macramé and out­side of mak­ing, her hob­bies in­clude spend­ing time with her fam­ily and friends, trav­el­ling and w

Up­date an out­fit with state­ment jewellery

MA­TE­RI­ALS

QBob­biny Rope, 100% cot­ton, 50m/55yd per 250g skein, 0.5cm ( ") di­am­e­ter, one roll in Peach (ours was from www.needle­maker.uk) Lib­er­at­ing a skein of yarn from your stash, trans­form­ing it and tak­ing it out on the town on the same night has never been eas­ier – colour­ful cot­ton rope and some knotty know-how is lit­er­ally all you’ll need to per­fect a flower-look state­ment necklace. It proves be­yond all rea­son­able doubt that there’s so much more to this craft than plant hang­ers and wall dé­cor. Macramé, we salute you.

Turn to page 99 to fa­mil­iarise your­self with the dif­fer­ent knot­ting tech­niques be­fore start­ing.

Cut five 10cm (4") lengths of rope, a 16cm (63/ length of rope, and a 3cm (1 ") length. With the longer length, mea­sure 3.5cm (13/ down from the top – this is where you’ll at­tach the other cords. To do this, hold all the ropes, ex­cept the 3cm (1 ") length, in a bun­dle to­gether. Use the short length to make a U-shape, and start wrap­ping it back around it­self and over the bun­dle, as shown.

Wrap the rope around the bun­dle neatly four times, so each wrap is placed par­al­lel un­der the last. Thread the re­main­ing end through the loop at the bot­tom and pull the top loose end up as far as you can, un­til the loop slides up un­der­neath the col­umn of wrapped cord. This is called a wrap knot. Trim the top and bot­tom ends.

Use the two out­side cords to make a square knot, sand­wich­ing all of the mid­dle cords. Take the first cord from the left over the

mid­dle ones and un­der the very last one. Next, take this cord over to the left, un­der the cen­tral ones and over the first. Pull the knot.

Take the last cord over to the left, over the mid­dle cords and un­der the first. Bring the first over to the right un­der the cen­tral ones and over the last, then pull again to tighten. This is a square knot.

Lay all the cords flat. Start­ing with the two mid­dle cords of the bun­dle, sep­a­rate th­ese into left and right cords and lay them di­ag­o­nally across the other cords in ei­ther di­rec­tion. The clove hitch knot uses th­ese pieces as the work­ing cords that the other strands wrap and knot around.

To make the clove hitch knots, keep the left-hand work­ing cord taut. Loop the one to the left around it, re­peat, then re­peat this step with the far left strand, so each cord makes two loops side by side. Re­peat on the right side to cre­ate a chevron pat­tern, as shown.

Next, lay all the six cords out flat. The out­side cords will not be used. Make a square knot with just the four mid­dle cords.

Use the out­side cords as work­ing cords, and again, make clove hitch knots ei­ther side un­der the cen­tral square knot to fin­ish off the di­a­mond shape.

Make a square knot again with the out­side cords, sand­wich­ing all of the cen­tral cords to­gether.

Re­peat the process of cre­at­ing clove hitch knots to make the di­a­mond pat­tern around the square knots. Cre­ate five com­plete di­a­monds and tie a wrap knot around the bun­dle of cords.

Cut off all the loose ends ex­cept one long cord – this can be cut to the same length as the one on the other side, to fas­ten.

Se­cure both ends with a sim­ple knot and coax the necklace into a curved shape to fin­ish.

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