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Square Knot Tutorial

The Square Knot (SK) is one of the most commonly used knots in macramé. While this photo tutorial will demonstrate both left-facing and right-facing square knots, it is recommended to tie only one variation throughout a piece to keep your work looking consistent.

Length of cord per knot: approx. 4-6 times the length of finished knot.

Left-Facing Square Knot:

A Left-Facing Square Knot (LFSK) has a vertical bump that appears to the left of the knot.

Step 1:

Move Cord A to the right across the filler cords and behind Cord B, creating a loop.

left-facing square knot step 1

Step 2:

Move Cord B behind the filler cords and pass it through the loop from behind. Pull Cord B to the left and Cord A to the right to gently tighten.

left-facing square knot steps 2a-2b

Step 3:

Move Cord A to the left across the filler cords and behind Cord B to create a loop. Move Cord B behind the filler cords and through the loop created by Cord A.

left-facing square knot step 3

Step 4:

Tighten Cords A and B to complete the knot. Be sure to hold the filler cords straight.

left-facing square knot step 4

Right-Facing Square Knot:

A Right-Facing Square Knot (RFSK) has a vertical bump that appears to the right of the knot.

Step 1:

Move Cord B to the left across the filler cords and behind Cord A, creating a loop.

right-facing square knot step 1

Step 2:

Move Cord A behind the filler cords and pass it through the loop from behind. Pull Cord A to the right and Cord B to the left.

right-facing square knot steps 2a-2b

Step 3:

Move Cord B to the right across the filler cords and behind Cord A to create a loop. Move Cord A behind the filler cords and through the loop created by Cord B.

right-facing square knot step 3

Step 4:

Tighten Cords A and B to complete the knot. Be sure to hold the filler cords straight.

right-facing square knot step 4

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For more macramé guides, check out our compilation of simple photo tutorials.

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