Last minute pattern time! I wanted to get one last post up before the holidays–something quick and simple, perfect for a last minute gift. Or, better yet: a perfect de-stressor for anyone feeling overwhelmed and looking for an easy, meditative project. This Mini Macramé is made using a cinnamon stick (so it smells lovely!) and two basic knots, making it a wonderful project for beginners.
You’ll see in the photos that there’s the main mini macramé pattern, as well as a variation on it. The second has more emphasis on negative space with the absence of a few square knots, and you’ll see that the diagonal clove hitches on either side aren’t connected until the bottom row. This changes the shape a bit, but has an overall cleaner look. So, go ahead and try them both, and let us know which you like better!
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- approx. 20 feet (6m) 2mm cotton rope
- cinnamon stick
Abbreviations + Glossary:
|RLHK(s)||Reverse Lark’s Head Knot(s)|
|DCH(s)||Diagonal Clove Hitch(es)|
Working Cord: The active cords used to tie knots.
Filler Cord: A cord which is knotted around. It is not used for tying knots.
Fray: To separate the threads of the rope to create a decorate effect.
Note: we have photo tutorials available for all knots used in our archives.
- As with most macramé patterns, keep in mind that using a thicker rope will require you to increase the length of your cord. Likewise, a thinner rope won’t require as much.
- This pattern calls for 2mm cotton rope.
Cinnamon Stick Mini Macramé
Cut the following:
- 8 cords, 30-inches (76cm) long.
Fold each cord in half and attach to the cinnamon stick with RLHKs.
Tie one row of 4 SKs across from left to right, using 4 cords for each knot.
Tie three more rows of decreasing SKs. The final row should have just 1 SK.
Using the leftmost cord as the filler cord, tie a series of DCHs to the bottom point. Repeat with the rightmost cord, joining in the middle.
Using the 3rd cord on the left as the next filler cord, tie another series of DCHs from left to center. Repeat on the right side, using the 3rd cord from the right as the filler cord.
Repeat Step 4 for the next row of DCHs.
Trim the fringe, and brush it out if you choose to create a fuller, softer fringe. A pet brush works really well for this, as does a comb or even a fork.
Preparation is the same as for the main pattern.
Tie 2 SKs. Use the first 4 cords on the left for the first SK, and the 4 on the right for the second SK. Repeat the pattern of descending SKs, but do not tie the center knots.
See photo below for clarification.
Follow Steps 3-6 from the main pattern, but do not join the rows of diagonal clove hitches until the final row.