Macrame Necklace Tutorial / by Melody

Finally! A macrame necklace tutorial! It's taken me a few months to sit down and photograph this for you, but it's finally here and I hope you love making it. macrame necklace tutorial

This necklace is part industrial, part retro, and part pretty. Using a clipboard, you'll knot strands of cotton twine to a bronze ring with hex nuts intermingled throughout the macrame. You'll then hang the pendant from a long chain. Sound good? Let's get started

You'll need:

  • 1.5" ring (these are usually sold in packages at Michael's in the jewelry section, sometimes in varying sizes)
  • Cotton twine string (mine is from Lowe's)
  • Hex nuts in gold or silver - get 'em from your local hardware store!
  • 18" jewelry chain with lobster clasp - I order mine from this Etsy shop and I love them.
  • Jewelry pliers
  • A few jump rings (you only need one, but you know.. in case you lose one)

macrame necklace tutorial

First, cut four 18" lengths of the cotton twine. You'll loop these around the ring as shown in the photos:

macrame necklace tutorial

macrame necklace tutorial

Next, clip your ring firmly to your clipboard and get ready to knot!

macrame necklace tutorial

Now you'll begin the simple macrame knots. Separate four strands to the left and four strands to the right. Begin knotting the four strands on the right as follows:

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macrame necklace tutorial

You'll do two repeats of that square knot, and then repeat for the four strands on the left.

macrame necklace tutorial

Great job! Now separate the outer two strands on either side, and start knotting the center four strands as follows:

macrame necklace tutorial

You'll make one square knot. Now slide a hex nut up the center two strands...

macrame necklace tutorial

.. and continue to knot below the hex nut, creating one more square knot.

macrame necklace tutorial

Keeping your strands somewhat loose so that the pendant hangs nicely, repeat the hex nut step on the outer four strands:

macrame necklace tutorial

Create the pattern above and end by knotting off two strands at a time as pictured. Trim the ends and add a little fray check if you want. Using the jewelry pliers, attach the macrame pendant to the chain with a jump ring.

macrame necklace tutorial

And you're finished! Try this necklace with wooden beads, a different fiber, a smaller or larger ring - the possibilities are endless!

macrame necklace tutorial

macrame necklace tutorial