Introduction: Colorful Wrapped Rope Macrame Knot Necklace
I've been spending a lot of time at home this year and macrame has been one way to pass the time and keep myself entertained away from a computer screen. This necklace is super easy to make and the end result looks modern and polished. The first time I made it I had two separate pieces of rope, but I realized it was much easier to keep the rope as a single piece for the ready-made loop it creates at one end. Lots of opportunity to make this your own with different colors or a different length. Give it a try.
Step 1: Gather Supplies
- 60-80 inches cotton rope of 3-10mm thickness. Look for braided variety as opposed to twisted. The braided has a smoother texture and cylindrical shape. The twisted type could work, but the end result won’t be as smooth looking.
- Cotton embroidery floss in assorted colors
Decide how long you want the necklace to be. The rope will be doubled, and you’ll also need extra length to allow for the knot. I went with a length of 32 inches when doubled (64 inches total). You may want anything from 30-40 inches doubled (60-80 inches total).
With the rope folded in half, measure up from the middle about 5-6 inches and mark with tape on each piece of rope. Essentially we are just marking the approximate middle of the necklace for embroidery work. No need to be super precise here.
Step 3: Wrap the Rope With the Floss
Now, wrap the embroidery floss around each length of rope, filling in between the two tape marks.
To start, leave a short tail of embroidery floss hanging down, and then wrap the floss tightly around the rope and tail. Always wrap in the same direction and pull tightly. You may need to occasionally check your work and scrunch up the floss more tightly. The goal is to completely hide the rope underneath.
要改变颜色，修剪当前的牙线留下一个小尾巴，然后用新的颜色开始包装，再次留下尾巴，确保新的牙线缠绕在旧的和新的尾巴周围。你不应该做实际的结 - 将尾巴紧紧地固定它们。
When you get to the other piece of tape, tie off the floss end and tuck the knot and ends back under the wrapped section for a seamless look.
Step 4: Make the Central Knot
Time to make the knot that forms the center of the necklace. Start with the doubled loop end at the top of your working area, and make a b shape, with the loose ends passing behind the top looped piece.
Then take the loose ends and pass them to the right back through the center of the b. Tighten a little bit. It's important to make sure that the same piece of rope always stays on the outside when making your curves, so try to keep it flat as you work and adjust the outer rope as needed.
Finally, take the loose ends and pass them back to the right one more time through the newest loop you just created. That’s it! You can leave the knot pretty loose or tighten it up a bit more.
To finish off the looped end of the necklace, we’re going to make a gathering knot with embroidery floss, leaving a loop opening at the end. I left about an inch of loop and then wrapped about a half inch with the gathering knot.
Step 6: Tie the Other Ends Into a Round Knot
On the other side with the two loose ends, make a double knot, trying to make a somewhat round shape that will fit into the loop at the other end. When it's right, tighten the knot and then trim the ends.
Step 7: Wear and Enjoy
That’s it, the necklace is finished! Now put it on and flaunt your good work.