Remember macramé from the 1970s? I do! Well, it’s back and still fun. If you are new to macramé (or it has been years), this pretty pink macramé planter by Pepperell Designer Series is a great place to start.
A modern version of macramé is all over the internet with patterns, blog posting and videos abounding – as well as new books being published. Best I can tell, the knots are the same but various cotton and synthetic cords are used more than the traditional jute. Wall hangings are popular – sometimes dyed to add visual interest. Macramé is being incorporated into bags, pillows, covers for jars, placemats, and more.
The kit contains pink macramé cord, white beads, a metal ring, a white ceramic pot, and a hook for hanging. It also has a helpful illustrated Knot Tying Glossary explaining various knots: overhand, square knot, and alternate square knot and step-by-step instructions.
After cutting and finding the middle of eight long cords, they are looped through the metal ring and secured with an overhand knot – a simple knot but a bit tricky with sixteen cords.
The sixteen cords are separated into four groups of four. To tie the first square knot, you measure down 4″; a piece a masking tape helps mark the spot.
Most macramé knots have filler cords (the inner two) around which the knotting or working cords (outer two) are worked. A square knot is usually made by making a “4” with the left knotting cord and laying the tail over the other three cords. Then, the right knotting cord is laid on top of the tail.
The right knotting cord goes behind the two filler cords in the center and then up through the loop of the “4”. The knot is gently pulled from both sides up to the level of the masking tape.
The finish the square knot, the same is repeated in reverse on right side.
The two filler cords go through the white bead, and another square knot tied below.Repeat for all four groups of four cords.
After measuring down a few inches, more square knots are made following the pattern instructions.
The alternate square knots help form a “basket” to hold the planter.
This is where I ran into trouble. The last step is to tie another overhand knot in the sixteen cords as was done below the metal ring in the beginning. I did not have enough cord left to tie another overhand know with all sixteen cords and still keep the knots in alignment. Not sure what happened, but I chose to tie a wrapping knot around the tails of the cords with contrasting white cord.
It was easy to untie all the knots and start over – this time with a wrapping knot instead of an overhand knot. Holding a short white cord as shown on the left, I wrapped the other end around the bundle of pink cords starting at the bottom and moving up and placed the end in the loop.
Tugging on the end of the loop’s cord caused the other loose end to be pulled into the wrapped cord.
Trimming both ends left a neatly wrapped and secure knot. After that, I proceeded to reconstruct the knots as directed and ended with another wrapped knot at the end to secure the bottom of the basket of the hanger.
I enjoyed making this pretty pink macramé plant hanger!10