The Knottiness Continues…

Macramé bracelet assortmentKnotting nuttiness has pulled me back to the days of friendship bracelets, plant hangers, and owl wall hangings. If you’re of a certain age (coughcough) you know what I mean: macramé. And I am totally smitten.

It started two years ago when I dragged AJ into Joann’s to get jewelry findings for the Trio of Twists necklaces. He stumbled across the paracord, and I stumbled across a how-to book (and a zentangle book, but that’s a story for another time), and we left with more than just the jewelry findings.

The simplest paracord bracelets were the same ones I’d made as a kid with string: square knots and half hitches. But paracord added color to these bracelets: that was new. I discovered there was a community of paracord knotters out there on the Internet, and was particularly drawn to JD’s Fusion Knots. He’s taken historical knots of all kinds, and tied them into some amazing things (can’t wait to pick up the latest, in which he takes on creating critters in paracord).

Friendship bracelets

Friendship bracelets from scrap yarn

While I’d tied square knot and half hitch knot bracelets as a kid, I’d never made one of those colored diagonal or chevron bracelets before, and thus was excited by some tech editing which shortly came my way (cf several of the free Red Heart patterns for Sizzle). It’s hard to make just one; there’s lots of inspiration on the web: check out what friendship-bracelets.net has to offer (plaid! there’s plaid! several types, for that matter). Bonus: you can use up those scraps of leftover cotton yarn you can’t bear to throw out while making next year’s Christmas presents.

The Macramé Pattern Book makes me want to stop everything else I’m doing and make wall art. Lots and lots of wall art. There’s a whole section of other things to make in the back (bags, belts, straps, seat covers…), but the variety of “stitch patterns” shown as wall hangings is what grabs me. That and charts they’ve developed as instructions: like Japanese knitting patterns and Ikea instructions, clean, space-saving charts instruct the knotter on where to tie what. They’re a brilliant example of good information design.

My knotty nuttiness has been put on hold for the moment; too much else going on right now. I did manage a couple of pendant patterns for Red Heart which use their new Cordial cord: the Square Macramé pendant is perfect for first-timers while the Squared with a Twist pendant adds a few more knots to the mix. And there’s one more pattern on the way, just not quite public yet… can you guess what it is? Hint: It’s not an owl.

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