No-Crochet Necklace


No-Crochet NecklaceThis necklace may be made out of yarn, but it's actually not crocheted. Red Heart's Cordial yarn is used to make this macrame No-Crochet Necklace. Just one ball of this bulky weight yarn is needed, as well as some other basic jewelry making supplies such as jump rings, flat nose pliers, and a chain. If you've never actually ventured into the DIY jewelry world, then don't worry because this is a super easy tutorial that includes helpful diagrams for the three knots you need to make (Overhead, Lark's Head Knot, and Left Square Knot).


  • Red Heart® Cordial™: 1 ball 9942 Jazzy
  • T or large head pins
  • 1 trigger clasp
  • 2 4mm jump rings
  • 2 6mm jump rings
  • 16” [40.5 cm] hammered chain
  • Flat nose pliers and side or top cutters for attaching jewelry findings
  • Sharp scissors

SIZE: Pendant measures 10” [25.4 cm]

mounting (anchor) cord =
  length of cord(s) pinned horizontally to which knot-bearing cords are attached to begin a piece.
knot-bearing cord = the cord around which knots are tied.
knotting cord = cord used to make knots.
working end = the end of knotting cord being used to tie knots.
space = distance left open between last row of knots and next row to be tied


 overhand knot
Lark's Head Knot
left square knot


Work macramé pendants on pin board, heavy cardboard or other fixed point, using T or head pins to hold cords in place.
Gridded board makes it easier to set spacing between knots.


Cut one 16” [40.5 cm] cord; fold in half.
Holding both cords, tie overhand knot 1” [2.5 cm] from each end. Stretch cords taut horizontally across top of pin board, and pin through knots.
Cut eight 72” [183 cm] lengths of cord. Fold each cord in half and tie to mounting cord with Lark’s Head knot. Number cords from left to right:
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Leave 1” [2.5 cm] space below Lark’s Head knots.
Row 1: With 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16, tie Left Square knot (LSK)—4 knots.
Row 2: Skip 2 outer cords each side, and with 3-6, 7-10, 11-14, tie LSK—3 knots. Leave 1” [2.5 cm] space.
Rows 3 and 5: Repeat Row 2.
Row 4: Repeat Row 1. Leave ½” [1.5 cm] space
Row 6: Skip 4 outer cords each side, and with 5-8 and 9-12 tie LSK in center—2 knots. Leave ½” [1.5 cm] space

Tie Inverted Pyramid
Row 1: With 1-4, 5-8, 9-12, 13-16, tie LSK— 4 knots.
Row 2: Skip 2 outer cords each side, and with 3-6, 7-10, 11-14, tie LSK—3 knots.
Row 3: Skip 4 outer cords each side, and with 5-8 and 9-12 tie LSK—2 knots.
Row 4: With 7-10, tie LSK in center—1 knot

no-crochet necklaceFINISHING:

Cut folded end of mounting cord. Leaving ½” [1.5 cm], trim cord ends. Rub with fingers to encourage fringing.
Cut 2 8” [20.5 cm] lengths of hammered chain. With smaller jump rings, attach half of clasp to each chain. With larger jump rings, join remaining end of chain to pendant, taking ring through last link and overhand knot.
Trim hanging cord ends to desired length; tie overhand knots at bottom to prevent fraying.

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I happen to like macrame. It is such a retro craft that is having its day back in the limelight these days. I think this is a great youth group or youth camp craft project for older kids like middle schoolers. It may take a bit of practice before you will get the hang of it, but try and try again!

For those of us of a certain age (looking at you Hippie Chick), of course this is NOT a crochet project. Its macram. Even the Red Heart site doesnt make any bones about what this project really is. Its available here as a free download http// == %C3%A9-pendant I remember making a somewhat larger version of this using jute twine and hanging it on the wall for a decoration. Good times

I didn't have any problem with this at all. But then I have been macrame making for a long time. This could be dressed up in so many different ways. I am thinking white with different little beads thru it. If I can't macrame them in, I will sew them on.thanks for sharing.

This desperately needs a picture tutorial or a video. I found a video for the knots on YT. Even with that, I had to stop it and watch several times over. This is macrame and it's not easy without tutorials.


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