Make your own mini yarn bomb with this fun jelly and ice cream- inspired macramé garland. Use any yarn you have lying around – just make sure it’s quite chunky, otherwise you may find it a bit fiddly. The Myboshi yarn by DMC that we used is an ideal thickness. We went for five different shades to create a fade-out effect, but you could use more or less. To add interest, you could attach some beads to the hanging yarn strands.
- DMC Myboshi yarn in Magenta 162, 6m (yarn 1), Neon Pink 182, 9m (yarn 2), Raspberry 139, 9m (yarn 3), Powder 142, 9m (yarn 4) and Ivory 182, 6m plus 2.25m for the baseline (yarn 5)
- Washi tape
Beginner macrame wall hanging tutorial
You Will Need
- Washi tape
First measure out a length of yarn for tying your pieces to. This will form the base of your garland. Ours measured 2.25m (21⁄4yrd), but you can make it as long or as short as you like. Then cut the lengths for knotting on to 1m (1yrd) each. They’ll be tied onto the base yarn so they hang in two 50cm (193⁄4″) lengths.
To follow our design cut three lengths of yarn, 1m (1yrd) long each, for each colour section using this pattern:1,2,3,4,5,4,3,2,1,2,3,4, 5. For the very last colour on the right hand side, you’ll only need two lengths instead of three.
Use some washi tape to secure your wool to a surface while you’re knotting, so that it stays fairly still. Don’t pull it too tight, though – leave it a little loose.
Once you’ve tied all your threads on you can start to make your knots. We’ll be working the knots from left to right, and each one should be about 2.5cm (1″) apart.
The knot we’re using is called a square knot. You need four strands in each knot, so you’ll be working with the first two sets of wool tied onto your line. The pictures show the second knot along to the right, as the different colour strands make it easier to see the technique.
The two middle strands stay still the whole time – you’re just moving the left and right hand strands. We’ll call the left strand A and the right strand B. Take B to the left over the two middle strands and under A.
Bring A to the right, under the two middle strands, up through the loop and over strand B.
Pull the knot tighter so you have about 4cm (1 /8″) between the base knot and this new knot you are tying.
To finish the knot, bring strand A (which is now on the right hand side) to the left, going under the middle strands and over strand B.
Bring strand B back to the right, going over the middle strands and through the loop that has been created with strand A.
Pull the knot tight, keeping your thumb on the middle strands so they don’t ride up. You’ve now created your first knot. Push it to the side and start your second knot, repeating this all along your row of yarn from left to right. Once you’ve completed your first line of knots you’re ready to start again at the left hand side and create your second row.
This time round you won’t use the first set of wool (the first two strands) in order to create an offset or ‘net’ effect. Knot along the line as you did before. To make the pattern even, don’t use the last two strands on the right hand side either.
Now you’re ready to knot your third and final row. Again, don’t use the first two strands of wool, as shown in the picture, and don’t use the last two strands of wool on the right-hand end. Once you’ve completed this line, just trim the bottom ends of the garland, then find somewhere to show it off.
If you have some yarn leftover save it for our plant hanger project! Learn how to make a macrame plant hanger with our easy tutorial.
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Chloe lives in Loughborough with her husband Chris and two little boys. Her passion is anything fabric and needle related and she spends her evenings dreaming up new projects and designing needlepoint DIY kits for her Etsy shop.