How to Make a Macrame Shawl

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    • 1). Separate your yarn into 12 groups of two strands each. Holding the two strands together, tie each group onto the wooden dowel 2 inches from the previous group. Keep the short loose ends as close to the same length as possible, no more than 2 inches long.

    • 2). Set the dowel near the edge of a table. Secure each end with a pile of heavy books so the dowel will not move when you pull at the yarn to tighten your knots.

    • 3). Measure 4 inches from the end of the first bunch of yarn. Tie the first bunch of yarn to the second bunch of yarn at the 4-inch mark using a square knot. Make a simple half knot like you would do when tying your shoes -- cross the first bunch of yarn over the second, then the second over the first and pull -- then make a half knot beginning with the second bunch of yarn. You should now have a knot that looks like two horseshoes nested together. This is a square knot.

    • 4). Tie the third and fourth, fifth and sixth, seventh and eighth, ninth and 10th, and 11th and 12th bunches in square knots the same way you did with the first and second bunches.

    • 5). Measure 1.5 inches from the first set of knots. Tie the second and third, fourth and fifth, sixth and seventh, eighth and ninth, and 10th and 11th bunches together in a series of square knots. This second row of knots should create small V-shapes, each knot below and in between the knots from the first row.

    • 6). Measure 1.5 inches from the second set of knots and make the first row pattern: first and second, third and fourth, fifth and sixth, seventh and eighth, ninth and 10th, and 11th and 12th bunches each tied together in square knots. You should now have a row of X-shapes. Measure another 1.5 inches and make the second row pattern again.

    • 7). Continue alternating the first and second row patterns with 1.5 inches in between each row until you only have roughly 6 inches of yarn remaining. If your last row was a second row pattern, make one more first row pattern. If your last row was a first row pattern, stop knotting now.

    • 8). Trim the loose ends of each bunch to 4 inches. Untie the other end of the shawl from the dowel. Lay that end flat and check that the loose ends are even. If not, trim accordingly.

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