With the holidays quickly approaching, you may already be looking for handmade gift ideas that are trendy, festive, and blessedly quick to make. This simple macramé ornament is just that. The knots used are simple & beginner friendly (as well as linked for convenience) and one roll of rope can easily make several ornaments.
My collection of macramé ornament patterns are among my most popular posts from my previous blog, and I couldn’t wait to share them again (with edits & clarification). As always, the pattern is available for free below with an included picture tutorial and links to tutorials for the knots. Supplies are also linked for convenience.
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- Approx. 16 feet (4.9m) 4mm cotton rope (MB Cordas has a good selection at a fair price)
- 2-inch (5cm) wood ring
Abbreviations + Glossary:
|LHK(s)||Lark’s Head Knot(s)|
|HCH(s)||Horizontal Clove Hitch(es)|
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.
Working Cord: The active cords used to tie knots.
Ornament measures approx. 5.5-inches (14cm) across (incl. fringe).
- As with most macramé patterns, keep in mind that using a thicker rope will require you to increase the length of your cords. Likewise, a thinner rope won’t require as much.
- This pattern calls for 4mm cotton rope and is fairly forgiving as it uses few knots and has generous fringe. Still, if using a different rope size, you may wish to experiment with varying lengths before cutting all cords.
Simple Macramé Ornament
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Cut the following:
- 13 cords, each 12-inches (30cm) long
- 1 cord, 35-inches (89cm) long
Fold all cords in half and attach to the wood ring using LHKs. If using a different-sized rope or ring, you may need to cut several more 12-inch cords to cover the ring completely.
Fold the 35-inch cord near one end, leaving a 7-inch (18cm) tail. Attach using a LHK.
Using the long tail of the 70-inch cord as the filler cord, tie a series of HCHs working around the ring. The last HCH should be made using the 7-inch tail.
With the remainder of the 35-inch cord and the remainder of the 7-inch tail, tie a knot to make a loop for hanging.
Trim the cords so that the fringe is an even length all around the ring. Fray after, and trim again as needed.