Circular Weaving Weaving Techniques

Weaving Technique || Macrame Flair: The Square Knot

How to tie a square knotAs I just talked about, I purchased some cotton macrame string that I wanted to try weaving with. It weaves up really beautifully and even though the string is very soft, it has s great stiffness to it that would make added texture really easy. I plan to try the pile weave with this next and probably some other weaving techniques too!

While I was weaving with the cotton string, I thought why not try a simple macrame knot in fringe I was making? It’s actually pretty fun to knot with this string, I can see the macrame attraction. The knots in the fringe add a nice texture to the weave and can be done with any fiber (as long as it has enough grip to the fiber).

I added some colored on pictures to better illustrate what the strings are doing and also tied the strings on top of a paper to help distinguish them from the other strings in the fringe. The two important strings will be colored blue and pink. Here’s how I tied the square knots:

How to tie a square knotstep 1: I selected 4 strands out of my fringe.

step 2: taking the far left string (colored blue), pass it over the two middle strings and under the far left string (colored pink).

How to tie a square knotstep 3: take the pink string and bring it behind the two middle strings and over to the left.

step 4: pass the pink string through the loop made by the blue string on the left side. This is your first knot.

How to tie a square knotstep 5: take the blue string from the right side, pass it over the front of the two middle strings and under the pink string.

step 6: bring the pink string behind the two middle strings.

step 7: pass the pink string through the loop the blue string made.

step 8: pull the pink and blue strings tight until they tie into a knot. Make sure to control all your strings while you pull the knot tight so that they tie evenly. You have made a square knot!

I continued to make some square knots down my thread, leaving them spaced out so that they made a “chain”, but you can experiment and tie your square knots closer together and see what you like best.

My weave is still very much a work-in-progress, but here is where it’s at so far. Watch for the finished weave on my Instagram.

Macrame-Weave by The Weaving LoomNow for the important part, check out that un-twisted cotton fringe! It’s so, so good! (if you missed it I talk about this string here).

How to tie a square knotWhat are you working on this weekend?

Happy Weaving!


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  • Sally
    October 29, 2016 at 7:39 am

    I love everythg you do. The latest with the new string is just beautiful. Thanks for showing us how to make the square knot in weaving.You have a real gift.

    • Kate
      November 1, 2016 at 2:53 pm

      Thank you for your kind words! 🙂

  • carmel payne
    November 2, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    That looks fabulous Kate !!!! I haven’t tried doing a circular weave yet but its on my ever growing list of techniques to try !!!! Thanks for sharing you are so talented. ~~~~~~:)

    • Kate
      November 10, 2016 at 3:20 pm

      I hope you get to try circular weaving, it’s really fun!