Macrame Wall-hanging for Beginners

5 Materials
$40
3 Hours
Medium

A lovely macramé wall-hanging tutorial that is easy for beginners to follow!


This pattern is an easy one for beginners, and it looks awesome, right? Only problem - the instructions were in French. So, with a few adjustments & lots of verb conjugations, I'm now able to share the instructions with you!


step 1
Cut rope into 28 pieces, each 16 feet long. Tie the cords onto the pole, as shown in the photo above. (I never knew until recently that this knot has an actual name – the Lark’s Head Knot.)

How to make a Lark's Head Knot:


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:




  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.
With the outside strands, gently tighten the knot.

How to make a Double Square Knot:


  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.) 
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.


  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


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.)


step 5
For an extra Bohemian touch, I used ceramic drawer pulls as finials, screwing them into the ends of the pole.

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




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



Suggested materials:

  • 7/8" dowel rod - 29" long  (hardware store)
  • 2 ceramic drawer knobs  (World Market)
  • 5 rolls (100-ft. each) of cotton clothesline  (Amazon online)
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Have a question about this project?

3 of 6 questions
  • Debbie Nyc-Brown
    on Jul 11, 2018

    What is the approximate finished size on this?

  • Dawn
    on Jul 3, 2019

    Could you give me the meanings to the abbreviations. Sounds silly but this is my first time doing this.

  • Darlene Hunsinger
    on Jul 8, 2019

    When you say 1st cord -14 k does that mean make 14 square knots across with the first cord?

    • Begin with first four cords and make a square knot... then another knot with next 4 cords... keep going til u have 14 knots across the entire row

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  • Diane
    on Sep 21, 2019

    I want to learn how to do this! I love it. So boho.

  • Kim
    12 minutes ago

    Thank you for the easy-to-follow pattern! This is my biggest macrame project so far and it’s given me the confidence to start more complicated knots and patterns.

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