HOW TO MAKE… MACRAMÉ PLACEMATS

Mollie Makes - - Loving -

MA­TE­RI­ALS

113m (124yd) hemp rope, 0.4cm (¼") thick Mask­ing tape Dowel, 3cm (1¼") wide

AB­BRE­VI­A­TIONS (UK)

LHK lark’s head knot SK square knot RSK right-fac­ing square knot HDHH hor­i­zon­tal dou­ble half hitch

FIN­ISHED SIZE

Each placemat mea­sures 42 x 44.5cm (16½ x 17½") in­clud­ing fringe If day­dream­ing to you means men­tally re­ar­rang­ing the dé­cor in your pad, it might be time to get your teeth into a new project.

Our money’s on this pair of care­fully knot­ted zigzag placemats – beau­ti­ful, mod­ern macramé with only the slight­est hint of 70s her­itage. You’ll get the joy of cre­at­ing some­thing lovely, then your hand­i­work will be con­ve­niently parked right un­der the noses of your din­ers for ad­mi­ra­tion.

Re­fer to the macramé guide on page 96 to fa­mil­iarise your­self with the knots used be­fore start­ing.

In­struc­tions

Cut four 86.5cm (341/ 8") lengths and 30 4m (157 ") lengths of rope. Tape off a 42cm (16 ") workspace on the dowel. Mount the 30 4m (157 ") ropes onto the dowel us­ing LHKs, and space them evenly across the workspace.

Knot­ting

Work a row of HDHHs from left to right, us­ing an 86.5cm (341/ 8") rope as filler and leav­ing a tail of ap­prox­i­mately 23cm (91/ 8") on ei­ther side of the knot­ting. Be sure to tighten each HDHH just enough to keep it po­si­tioned di­rectly be­low the LHK above it. If your knots aren’t tight enough, this row will end up wider than the LHKs above it. If they are too tight, the row will be too nar­row. Be­cause this de­sign has bi­lat­eral sym­me­try, the method for work­ing all rows will only be de­scribed from the left edge to the cen­tre. To work each row, sim­ply com­plete the left side as writ­ten, work the cen­tral SK (where noted), and then fol­low the in­struc­tions for the left side once again in re­verse us­ing RSKs. Row 1 work an SK, skip 8 cords, work an SK, skip 8 cords, work an SK, skip 2 cords. Re­peat in re­verse.

Row 2 skip 2 cords, work an SK, skip 8 cords, work an SK, skip 8 cords, work an SK. Re­peat in re­verse. Row 3 skip 4 cords, work an SK, skip 8 cords, work an SK, skip 8 cords. Work an SK in the cen­tre, then re­peat the left half of the row in re­verse. Row 4 skip 6 cords, work an SK, skip 8 cords, work an SK, skip 8 cords. Re­peat in re­verse. Row 5 skip 8 cords, work an SK, skip 8 cords, work an SK, skip 6 cords. Re­peat in re­verse. Row 6 re­peat Row 4 Row 7 re­peat Row 3 Row 8 re­peat Row 2 Row 9 re­peat Row 1 Row 10 skip 2 cords, work an SK, skip 4 cords, work an SK, skip 8 cords, work an SK, skip 4 cords. Re­peat in re­verse. Row 11 skip 4 cords, work an SK, skip 4 cords, work an SK, skip 8 cords, work an SK, skip 2 cords.

Re­peat in re­verse. Row 12 skip 6 cords, work an SK, skip 4 cords, work an SK, skip 8 cords, work an SK. Re­peat in re­verse. Row 13 skip 8 cords, work an SK, skip 4 cords, work an SK, skip 8 cords. Work an SK in the cen­tre and then re­peat the left half of the row in re­verse. Row 14 skip 6 cords, work an SK, skip 8 cords, work an SK, skip 8 cords. Re­peat in re­verse. Row 15 skip 4 cords, work an SK, skip 4 cords, work an SK, skip 4 cords, work an SK, skip 6 cords.

Re­peat in re­verse. Row 16 skip 2 cords, work an SK, skip 4 cords, work 2 SKs, skip 4 cords, work an SK, skip 4 cords. Re­peat in re­verse. Row 17 work an SK, skip 4 cords, work an SK, skip 4 cords, work an SK, skip 4 cords, work an SK, skip 2 cords. Re­peat in re­verse. Row 18 skip 6 cords, work an SK, skip 8 cords, work an SK, skip 4 cords, work an SK. Re­peat in re­verse. Row 19 skip 4 cords, work an SK, skip 12 cords, work an SK, skip 4 cords. Work an SK in the cen­tre, then re­peat the left half of the row in re­verse. Give the placemat a lower edge by work­ing a row of HDHHs from left to right, us­ing a 86.5cm (341/ 8") rope as filler and leav­ing a tail of ap­prox­i­mately 23cm (91/ 8") on ei­ther side of the knot­ting. Mea­sure 18cm (71/ 8") be­low the pre­vi­ous row and ex­tend a piece of tape across all cords at this height. Work a row of HDHHs from left to right be­low the tape, us­ing one of the 86.5cm (341/ 8") ropes as filler and leav­ing a tail of ap­prox­i­mately 23cm (91/ 8") on ei­ther side of the knot­ting. Re­peat Rows 1-19, adding the lower edge as above, to make a sec­ond placemat be­low the first.

Fin­ish­ing

Sep­a­rate the placemats by care­fully cut­ting the cords half­way be­tween them. You may want to mark this height with a piece of tape be­fore cut­ting to en­sure that the fringe on each placemat is the same length. Trim all of the cords at the bot­tom to 9cm (35/ 8"), in­clud­ing the tails ex­tend­ing from the low­est row of HDHHs. Re­move the first placemat from the dowel by cut­ting each rope at the cen­tre of its LHK. Trim the ropes just cut, as well as any re­main­ing filler cords, to 9cm (35/ 8").

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