Craft wearable art with Heather Stevens’ macramé statement necklace
Knot your way to a handmade accessory that’ll go with any outfit, from cosy knits to Big Night Out partywear
HOW TO MAKE A MACRAME NECKLACE
MATERIALS ■ Supersoft Single Twist String, 3mm in Merlot (ours was from www. niromastudio.com) ■ Gold necklace chain ■ Fine tooth comb
If you’re as obsessed as we are with macramé wall hangings, making a scaled- down jewellery version is the next step towards being the ultimate boho queen.
A simple and easy intro into the craft, this is a fun one to do with friends for a crafty night in. Use your chunky new accessory to style up an oversized winter knit, and if the hue isn’t for you, switch up the colours to match your vibe.
Start by cutting nine 1m (393/ 8")
length cords. Fold the cords in half and attach to the centre of the necklace using lark’s head knot, following the guide on page 87.
Next, begin the diamond
pattern. Section the cords into three groups with six cords in each, and start with the first section. Take the two middle cords of this section – these will be the filler cords. Cross them over the pairs of cords directly either side of them – those will be the working cords. While holding the left filler cord,
begin wrapping it with the working cord closest to it using a clove hitch knot, following the guide on page 87. Continue this knot once more until both working cords are attached to the left filler cord. Repeat with the right filler cord, working down the right-hand side to form an upside down ‘ V’.
Repeat Step 2 with the other
two cord groups, creating three
upside down ‘V’s in total.
Following the guide on page 87,
04 fill in each diamond with a square knot, using the four centre working cords in the upside down ‘ V’ shape.
Finish the diamond pattern in
each cord group as per Step 2, this time using clove hitch knots that descend inward into a ‘ V’ shape. Next, close off each diamond by tying a clove hitch knot with the filler cords. In the left and middle sections, use the right filler cord to tie a clove hitch knot around the left filler cord. In the right-hand section, use the left filler cord to tie a clove hitch knot around the right filler cord. This will ensure the outside diamonds close inwards.
Start on the second row of
diamonds by taking the sixth cord
in from the two outside diamonds, and placing them against the middle diamond’s bottom row of clove hitch knots. These will now be the filler cords for the new row of diamonds.
Use the three cords hanging
from the middle diamond to tie a clove hitch knot around the new
filler cords, keeping it as close to the middle diamond as possible. Next, take the first cords from the top of the newest clove hitch knot rows – these are now filler cords. Use these to complete an upsidedown ‘ V’ pattern against the two outside diamonds, using their two hanging cords to tie a clove hitch knot around the new filler cords.
Close off the second row of
08 diamonds as per Step 5, then start the final diamond by following the techniques used in Steps 6 and 7.
Trim the top and bottom two
09 cords to guide how long the fringe will be, then trim the cords diagonally either side using a ruler for a more precise cut.
Brush out the cords using the
10 comb to create a fringe, then trim the fringe once more using the ruler and scissors to finish.
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