macrame wall hanging for beginners

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There are so many beautiful macramé wall hangings on my Pinterest boards; I want to make them all! However, before tackling a complicated pattern, I needed to get my feet wet with a simpler, basic macramé design. I stumbled upon the perfect pattern (it is both lovely and moderately easy), but there was a slight problem. The instructions were in French. So, after an afternoon of translating along with some rope-knotting trial and error, I ended up with this sweet, little wall-hanging.

This pattern is an easy one for beginners, and it looks awesome, right? It’s a shame to let all my verb conjugations go to waste, so I’m sharing the instructions with you!

What are you waiting for? To get started, you’ll need the following supplies:

  • One dowel rod (the one I used is 7/8″ circumference and 28″ long)
  • Two ceramic drawer knobs to use as finials
  • Five 100-foot rolls of cotton clothesline (3/16″) (found the best price here.)
  • Masking or painter’s tape
  • Scissors

step 1

Cut rope into 28 pieces, each 16 feet long. Tie the cords onto the pole, as shown in the photo below. (I never knew until recently that this knot has an actual name – the Lark’s Head Knot.)

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How to make a Lark’s Head Knot:

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step 2

The Square Knot is the most basic of all macramé knots, and it is the only one you’ll need to know in making this wall-hanging. Practice a few times until you get the hang of it.

How to make a Square Knot:

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  1. Always work with 4 strands of rope.
  2. Place the right outside rope across the 2 center ropes. (Always start with the right side.)
  3. Run the left outside rope over the right outside rope then under the center cords and up through the opening.
  4. With the outside strands, gently tighten the knot. 
  5. Make sure the knot is taunt, but be careful not to pull too strongly.
  6. (Now repeat the first four steps, starting with the left side this time.) Place the left outside rope across the 2 center ropes.
  7. Run the right outside rope over the left outside rope then under the center cords and up through the opening.
  8. With the outside strands, gently tighten the knot.

How to make a Double Square Knot:

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  1. Work with 8 strands of rope instead of 4.
  2. Place the 2 right outside ropes across the 4 center ropes. (Always start with the right side.)
  3. Run the 2 left outside ropes over the right outside ropes then under the 4 center cords and up through the opening.
  4. With the outside strands, gently tighten the knot. 
  5. (Now repeat the first four steps, starting with the left side this time.) 
  6. With the outside strands, gently tighten the knot.

step 3

Now that you have 28 Lark’s Head Knots tied onto your pole, and you’ve mastered the Square Knot, it’s time to begin weaving the wall-hanging.  The project consists of 25 total rows.

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  1. Start with 1st cord:   14K
  2. Start with 3rd cord:   13K
  3. Start with 1st cord:   3K – S4 – 6K – S4 – 3K
  4. Start with 3rd cord:   2K – S8 – 5K – S8 – 2K
  5. Start with 1st cord:   2K – S2 – 1DN – S2 – 4K – S2 – 1DN – S2 – 2K
  6. Start with 3rd cord:   2K – S8 – 2K – S4 – 2K – S8 – 2K
  7. Start with 5th cord:   2K – S4 – 2K – S8 – 2K – S4 – 2K
  8. Start with 7th cord:   4K – S12 – 4K
  9. Start with 9th cord:   3K – S16 – 3K
  10. Start with 11th cord:   2K – S20 – 2K
  11. Start with 13th cord:   1K – S10 – 1K – S10 – 1K
  12. Start with 11th cord:   2K – S20 – 2K
  13. Start with 9th cord:   3K – S16 – 3K
  14. Start with 7th cord:   4K – S12 – 4K
  15. Start with 5th cord:   2K – S4 – 2K – S8 – 2K – S4 – 2K
  16. Start with 3rd cord:   2K – S8 – 2K – S4 – 2K – S8 – 2K
  17. Start with 1st cord:   2K – S12 – 4K – S12 – 2K
  18. Start with 3rd cord:   2K – S8 – 5K – S8 – 2K
  19. Start with 1st cord:   3K – S4 – 6K – S4 – 3K
  20. Start with 3rd cord:   13K
  21. Start with 1st cord:   14K  
  22. (Begin this row about 5 inches lower than the last row.) Start with 1st cord:   14K
  23. Start with 3rd cord:   13K
  24. (Begin this row about 5 inches lower than the last row.) Start with 9th cord:   1K – S8 – 1K – S8 – 1K – S8 – 1K
  25. (Begin this row about 4 inches lower than the last row.) Start with 3rd cord:   1K – S8 – 1K – S8 – 1K – S8 – 1K – S8 – 1K

step 4

Place the wall-hanging on a flat surface (I used the floor) and straighten all the cords. With careful measuring, place the tape across the strands of cord to form a “V.” This is your guide for cutting. (And yes, it does feel a bit like you’re giving Cousin It a haircut.)

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step 5

For an extra Bohemian touch, I used ceramic drawer pulls as finials, screwing them into the ends of the pole.

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extra tips & explanations

When skipping space between rows, use tape as a guide and a level to make sure they are even.

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Once  you are finished, grab a glass of cold iced tea, kick your feet up, and admire your handiwork!

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I love the way this looks in my guest room!

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Comments · 26

  1. I loved making macrame plant hangers in the 70’s. I’ve rediscovered it recently and I’m loving it again! Your wall hanging is beautiful. Thank you for sharing it.

  2. Oh my goodness that is so beautiful.
    Thank you for stopping by and sharing at #HandmadeMonday we are really please to have you join us and share something so pretty.

  3. This is amazing!! Im just wondering what the height of the final creation would end up at? Im looking to make something for my daughters room and this is so stunning, just not sure if it will be too long. Thank you and thanks for sharing!

    1. The woven project is about 22″ wide and 48 ” tall. You can always shorten it to suit your needs. It would still look cute without such long tails.😊

  4. wow you are so talented! I love that these are making a come back! They remind me of when I was a kid 😉 oh and you were our most clicked on link at Waste not Wednesday so you will be featured in our posts this week!

  5. This is really cool! I’ve never actually done macrame, but it reminds me of the friendship bracelets I used to make as a kid. Thanks for sharing this at #HomeMattersParty

  6. I appreciate all the work you put in5o making this possible. Did it at home and it’s beautiful

    1. It’s always so heartwarming to receive comments like yours. I’m sooo glad someone put the tutorial to use! Would love to see a pic! thanks!!!
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  7. Hey, We have been trying to follow your directions but it seems there may be steps missing as we have followed step by step twice and still missing some of the pattern. Can you please help…. We can send a photo. lol

    Thanks

  8. Hi! I am currently in step 4 of this project and I’ve double checked my work so far, I am one cord short for the 2nd knot on the end of the row! Don’t know what to do! Please help!!

  9. Loved this hanging. How would i go about making it 2x as wide and 1/3 % shorter?

    1. Hi Audrey, Glad you liked the wallhanging pattern. To make it wider and shorter, I suggest just duplicating the pattern a second time. So instead of starting with 28 rope pieces, you would start with 56. Shortening the hanging is easy. Just stop weaving when you get it to the desired length. If you need me to write out a second pattern for you to follow, I will. Just let me know!

  10. Hi Wendy, i admire your work.. being a beginner right now i can only dream to make somethşng like this.. but i will try.. can you tel me what length of a finished work will a 16ft cord make… i mean if i want to make a piece 50 inches long what should be the cord measurement..
    Thank you..

    1. The wallhanging in this tutorial ended up being 48″ long, and I started with rope pieces 16 feet each. It depends on how many rows of knots you have. I would suggest using rope cut into 17 ft. pieces just to give you a little extra to work with. Hope this helps!
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  11. I just finished making this and I love it! Thank you so much for this SO easy to follow pattern! I have done a few smaller wall hangings and lots of owls, but never one this size because I was overwhelmed by the patterns. Thanks again so much!

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