Emily Katz makes macramé look easy — her fingers nimbly tie knots as she tells stories, never needing to pause to collect her thoughts or count how many half-squares she's made in the spiraling set of cords. But, what's even more impressive, is how simply she breaks down each step, so even the biggest DIY novice can master the trend in an hour or less.Yes, that's right: Macramé is baaaack! The fringy, boho fad of the 1970s is having a major moment, with stores from mom-and-pop Etsy vendors to major chains like Target and Urban Outfitters selling designs. Emily's workshops, which she's conducted all over the world, are in such high demand that she recently released a book devoted to teaching people her ways. Modern Macramé, out now, features 33 projects for whatever corner you're looking to liven up, be it wall art or even a hoop chair for your deck.
She recently stopped by HouseBeautiful.com, showing us the perfect project for beginners: a basic (and totally stunning) macramé plant hanger. It looks intricate — and far more complicated than it actually is. Honestly, it all comes down to knowing two moves: a half-square knot and a square knot.
The best part, though? Two half-square knots make up one square knot, so really, it's like learning one move.
Check out the video above to see exactly how it's done, in addition to this step-by-step tutorial below. Then, when you're ready, hit up Emily's YouTube channel or pick up her book to truly take your skills to the next level. You've got this.
Here's What You'll Need:
- 1 1/4" metal ring
- cotton rope (5mm, at least 100' long)
- measuring tape
- S hook or masking tape, for keeping ring steady
1. Cut the rope into six 16-foot-long cords. Thread the cords halfway through the metal ring, then hang it on the S hook or secure it to the edge of a table, so it doesn't move around as you work.
2. Make a square knot: Grab the two outermost cords. Move the left cord over the cords in the center, slipping it under the cord on the far right.
Take the far right cord, bringing it under the cords in the center, and over the far left cord. Tighten the knot.
Now bring the far right cord over the cords in the middle, tucking it under the far left cord.
Grab that far left cord and slip it under the center cords, then slip it over the far right cord. Tighten the knot. (See the :56-mark in the video to watch how it's done.)
3. Make another square knot.
4. Grab the four center cords, then make 6 square knots in a row. That's known as a sinnet.
5. Flip it over, and divide the remaining cords into 2 sections. Make a sinnet with each section.
6. Flip it back over, move 2" down, and make 2 square knots.
7. Underneath that, you'll make 12 half-square knots in a row. To make a half-square knot: Grab the two outermost cords. Move the left cord over the cords in the center, slipping it under the cord on the far right. Take the far right cord, bringing it under the cords in the center, and over the far left cord. Tighten the knot. (See the :56-mark in the video if you need a refresher.)
8. Make 6 square knots.
9. Flip the plant hanger over. Repeat the combination of 2 square knots and 12 half-square knots on the remaining 2 sections, only start these 4" from the previous knots. Finish off each of these sections with 4 square knots.
10. Make the basket to hold the plant: Move 6" down and make a square knot. Then, move 2" down, and grab the inner cords of the far left and far right sections. Bring them together to touch, then make a square knot with them.
11. Flip the plant hanger over and repeat this process, making a square knot connecting the other sections.
12. Move 1" down and do another square knot, connecting the adjacent cords. Repeat the process for each of the sections.
13. Look at all of the cords. Find the two longest ones and use them to create 12 half-square knots around all of the other cords, tying everything together.
14. Trim the bottom of the cords so they're even, and unravel them a little for a fringy effect.
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