Happy Free Pattern Day!
I wanted my first blog to be something that's good for you guys and generally just a good act. I think it's important that if we're creating stuff, we make sure there's as little waste as possible from it. So - here's a free pattern for you to use up your left over cord!
This mini wall hanging is super easy to create and can be done with any cord longer than about 0.5m. If you need to learn how to create any of these knots, you can find written instructions, videos and illustrations for each knot here on the tutorials page.
8 x 0.5m cord
1x 1m cord
1x 15cm wooden dowel
A pair of scissors
A large needle
Larks Head Knot
Double Half Hitch Knot
Continuous Larks Head Knot
1. Fold all eight of the 0.5m cords in half and attach each one to the dowel using a Larks Head Knot. You should now have sixteen ends hanging like this:
2. Split the cords into four pairs and tie a Square Knot in each pair like this:
3. Ignore the two cords on the far left and the two cords on the far right, then split the remaining cords into three groups and tie a Square Knot in each like this:
4. Now ignoring four cords on the far left and four cords on the far right, split the remaining cords into two groups and tie a Square Knot in each like this:
5. Ignore everything but the centre four cords and use these to tie a Square Knot like this:
6. Take the outermost cord on the right and use this as the center cord as you tie Double Half Hitch Knots diagonally down the right of your Square Knots like this:
7. Take the outermost cord on the left and use this as the center cord as you tie Double Half Hitch knots diagonally down the left of your Square Knots. At the end, use the center cord from the right Double Half Hitch Knots to tie the last knot. It should end up looking like this:
8. Trim your ends to the length of the shortest cord.
9. Fold your 1m cord about a third of the way in and attach it to the dowel with a Larks Head Knot. The shorter end of the cord should be closest to the end of the dowel like this:
10. With the shorter end, tie one Continuous Larks Head Knot.
11. Bring the longer end over to the other side of the wall hanging, leaving enough cord in the middle to act as a hanger and then attach it to the dowel with two Continuous Larks Head Knots. You should now have something like this:
12. Flip the wall hanging over so you're looking at the back of the piece. trim the ends of the 1m cord and then use your large needle to push these underneath the Larks Head Knots to hide them.
If your bits of spare cord aren't quite long enough to create this wall hanging, you can create a smaller version on a keyring starting with two or three square knots.
Hopefully this saves you from having to throw away too much cord when you create your macrame projects!