The Picot knot. Another way to fasten the stitches on with only one foundation cord is as follows. Take two threads of equal length, find the middle of them and make an ordinary knot, draw it up tightly, being sure it is in the middle of the length; then fasten on the foundation cord as before (on the second cord.)
How to put on the picot knot, a method of fastening on the stitches with only one foundation cord
The double-knotted bar, a stitch much used in macrame work in which two threads and two foundation cords are used
The following bars and patterns are some of those most used in macrame work. The threads are supposed to be already on the second foundation cord before following out the description of patterns, so the number of threads are counted from that each time, not the number put on to the first foundation cord.
Single-knotted bar. This particular stitch is often used, and is worked as follows. Having got the threads knotted on to the foundation cords, hold the first thread in the left hand straight down, take the 2nd thread in right hand and pass it over the
Ist one, under and up through the loop thus made; then hold the 2nd thread in right hand, and work the same stitch with the left hand (Ist thread). Repeat this alternately for the length required, drawing up each stitch tightly as it is made.
Buttonhole bar. For this four working threads are required, and the 4th must be very much longer than the others. Hold the first three threads in left hand, taking the 4th in right hand; pass it over the others, under and up through the loop thus formed, and draw up tightly.
Single Genoese bar. Four threads are required for this. Hold the 2nd and 3rd threads in left hand, take the 4th in right hand, passing it over them, under and up through its own loop, draw tightly. Then hold the 2nd and 3rd threads in right hand, taking Ist thread in left, passing it over them, under and up through loops as before. Repeat these stitches for length required.
Diamond bar. Eight threads are required for this. Hold the 4th in left-hand, sloping it towards the left, and work macrame knots on it with the 3rd, 2nd, and 1st threads; keep the same 4th thread in right hand and turn it towards the right, working macrame knots on it again with the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd threads. Then work the other half of pattern by taking the 5th thread in right hand, sloping it towards the right, and work knots on it With the 6th, 7th, and 8th threads. Then take the same thread into left hand, turning it towards the left and Work knots on it with 8th, 7th, and 6th threads; cross this over the first leader (the one on which the knots were first worked in the left-hand side of pattern), and work a macrame knot on it, and make knots with the remaining three threads.
Turn as before, and work back with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd threads.
Then, holding 1st leader in right hand sloped towards right, work knots with 6th, 7th, and 8th threads. Turn and work back to left-hand side; repeat.
The buttonhole bar, here shown,tequires four working threads, of which the fourth is much longer than the other three
Double diamond, having knotted centre and a third foundation cord. For this pattern eight threads are required. Hold the 4th thread in left hand towards the left, and work macrame knots on it with the 3rd, 2nd, and 1st threads; then hold the 3rd thread, keeping it close up to the line of knots and work similar knots on it with the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th threads. Then hold the 5th thread (centre one), in the right hand, towards the right, and work knots on it with the 6th, 7th, and 8th; then take the 6th and work knots on it with the 7th, 8th, and 5th threads (the 5th being the outside one now). This is half the diamond.
The Genoese knot is made by holding the two centre threads in the left hand straight down, and working eight stitches of the Genoese bar, which has already been described. Then pass the two central threads upwards through the division between the two points of the star, tie each one lightly to its working thread left and right of knot.
The single Genoese bar, a most effective knot, requires four threads
Then take the leader, hold it in the left hand towards the left, and work macrame knots on it with the next seven threads, then use the 7th and 6th threads as leaders on the left-hand side and knot the next seven threads on to them close up to the others. Then use as the leader the 9th thread, holding it towards the right and working knots on it with the next seven threads. Take the 8th and 7th threads in turn as leaders, hold them towards the right and knot the next seven threads on them. This completes the diamond. Then fasten a 3rd foundation cord across the board, and knot the threads on to it with macrame knots, and it is ready to continue any further pattern.
Treble pointed star. Sixteen threads are required for this pattern. Hold the 1st thread in the right hand towards the right and work macrame knots on it with the 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th threads; then take the 2nd thread, which is now the outside one the left, holding it close beneath the other one towards the right, work macrame knots on it with the 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, and 1st threads. Then take the 3rd thread holding it in the same way, and work on it with the 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th. 8th, 1st and 2nd threads. Then take the 16th thread (the outside one on the right), hold it towards the left,working knots upon it.
The diamond bar, a beautiful pattern,is made with eight thread, with the 15th, 14th, 13th, 12th, 11th, 10th. and 9th threads; next take the 15th thread, holding it as before, and work knots on it with the 14th, 13th, 12th, nth, 10th. 9th, and 16th threads; then take the 14th thread, work knots on it with the 13th, 12th, nth, 10th, 9th, 16th, and 15th threads. To be continued.
This treble-pointed star requires a third foundation cord, and is worked with sixteen threads