a macrame knot being tied with a macrame cord, hanging from a wooden stick


Originally contributed by Jeff Butler • last updated 3/16/2021

If you’ve never heard of the term macrame before, don’t worry you’re not alone. But there is a good chance that you’ve seen textiles and clothing made from this weaving technique. That’s because it’s not new. It was once a popular fashion style in the 70s and it’s now making a comeback. These days, examples can be found as fashion statements and accessories in both the boho chic and French country design trends.


The term macrame typically refers to a type of textile made from knotting together strands of macrame cord or macrame rope. Cords for this type of weaving come in various sizes, with diameters between 3-5mm being the most common for popular projects, such as ornate wall hangings or traditional plant hangers. Knots for these types of projects are most often created using the square knot (aka reef knot) or a type of hitch knot (for example, the clove hitch). Patterns for textiles range in difficulty from beginner pieces, such as friendship bracelets, to larger more advanced projects, and there are numerous free patterns available for every level.

What’s The Easiest Way To Get Started With Macrame?

Macrame textiles and jewelry have been used decoratively for hundreds of years and are currently considered an easy going yet sophisticated modern fashion statement. They are considered trendy items to help complete any bohemian or gypsy style trend. And the best part is, most of the necessary materials are fairly inexpensive and getting started is easy:

  • The first thing you’ll need to do is choose a macrame project that is right for your level. Gather all the necessary materials, including any necessary lessons or plans, and some cord or rope. Make sure the cord is made from an appropriate material, like hemp or cotton, and has the right diameter for the project.
  • Another important step to any macrame project is learning how to use the various knots. Some basic knots include the square knot (aka the reef knot), the lark’s head knot (aka cow hitch knot), and the clove hitch. There are lots of lessons and books available at stores and online that provide instructions.