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


Originally contributed by Jeff Butler • last updated 2/18/2021

If you’ve never heard of macrame before, don’t worry you’re not alone. Macrame is not new, once a popular fashion style in the 70s, it’s now making a comeback as both a fashion statement and as part of the boho chic design trend.


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

How To 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. The best part is, most macrame 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 skill level. Gather all the necessary materials, including any necessary lessons or plans, and macrame cord made from an appropriate material and with 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.