The half knot (HK) is one of two basic macrame knots most commonly associated with hemp jewelry.  Learn it well!  You’ll need it to make almost every hemp or macrame pattern there is.


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There are 2 types of HK’s – the LHK, and the RHK.  They are both exactly the same, except the LHK starts with a left knotter, and the RHK starts with the right.



These instructions show you how to make a Left HK (LHK).

  1. Start with four strands (or two lengths folded in half to make four strands) of cording or twine.  Strand no. 1 and no. 4 are your working strands, also called “knotters”, and strands 2 and 3 are your filler cords. (Fig.1)
  2. Take the left knotter (strand no. 1 in the diagrams), and bring it over the fillers and the right knotter (strands 2,3, and 4) (Fig. 2)
  3. Take the right knotter (strand no. 4) , bring it over the left knotter (strand no. 1), under the filler cords (2 and 3), and pass the end of strand no. 4 through the loop made by strand no.1 (Fig. 3)
  4. Hold strand 1 in your right hand, and strand 4 in your left hand.  At the same time, use your thumb and forefinger of your dominant hand to hold the filler cords still.  Gently but firmly pull strand 1 and strand 4 tight will still holding the filler cords still.  You’re done!


    • To make a Right HK, simply follow the instructions above, except start with the right knotter (the red one) instead of the left.
    • sennit (or sinnet) of HK’s produces a spiral length.  If you want your knots to lie flat, make a sennit of square knots.

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Christine Gierer

I'm Christine Gierer and I'm obsessed with making jewelry and teaching others how to do it too. I've been a creative person all my life, and I've done all kinds of things like art, sociology, and counseling. But nothing makes me happier than playing with beads, wires, and tools and sharing my tips and tricks with you. I have two awesome websites where you can find tons of tutorials, courses, and workshops on how to make jewelry and how to sell it online.

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