Knots You'll Need to Know:
- Lark's Head Knot
- Square Knot
- Diagonal Clove Hitch Knot (aka Double Half Hitch Knot)
- Gathering Knot
- Overhand Knot
- 9" to 10" Driftwood (or Dowel, Rod, Stick)
- 72" of 5mm 3-ply rope x 8 pieces
- 30" of 5mm 3-ply rope x 2 pieces
- Tape Measure or Ruler, Tape and Scissors (for cutting rope)
1. Cut eight 72" strands of 5mm rope. To prevent the rope from unravelling as you work, tape the rope where you plan to make a cut, then cut the middle of the taped section so that both ends are sealed.
2. Take one end of one 72" cut piece of rope and line it up with the other end. Take the folded end and mount the cord onto the driftwood using a Lark's Head Knot. Do the same thing for the remaining seven cut pieces of rope.
3. There should be 16 cords hanging from the driftwood. Let's number the cords 1-16 starting from the left. You'll want to renumber each cord 1-16 as you create each new row of knots.
4. First Row: Using the cords in positions 1-4, create a Square Knot. Repeat for: 5-8, 9-12 and 13-16.
5. Second Row: Using the cords in positions 3-6, create a Square Knot. Repeat for: 7-10 and 11-14.
6. Third Row: Using the cords in positions 5-8, create a Square Knot. Repeat for 9-12.
7. Fourth Row: Using the cords in positions 7-10, create a Square Knot. You should now see an inverted triangle design.
8. The cord in position 1 will become a "filler" cord that we'll use to make Diagonal Clove Hitch Knots. Position cord 1 in a right downward angle along the edge of the Square Knots. Create Diagonal Clove Hitch Knots using cords 2 to 8 as your "working" cords.
9. Repeat on the opposite side. Position cord 16 (the filler cord) in a left downward angle and create Diagonal Clove Hitch Knots using cords 15 to 8 as your working cords.
10. To create the pocket of the plant hanger where the pot will go, create a Square Knot using cords 1, 2, 15 and 16. Cords 1 and 16 should be the two inner cords and 2 and 15 are the working cords. The top of the Square Knot should be positioned at least five inches below the bottom of your inverted triangle design.
11. Take cords 3 and 4 that are still hanging and bring them forward to make a Square Knot with the two left cords from the Square Knot you made in Step 10. Cord 3 is the inner cord and cord 4 is the working cord - this is to ensure that the pocket or pouch for the pot doesn't have cords that are crossing each other when the plant hanger is finished.
12. Take cords 13 and 14 that are still hanging and bring them forward to make a Square Knot with the two right cords from the Square Knot you made in Step 10. Cord 14 is the inner core and cord 13 is the working cord.
13. Looking at just the two Square Knots you made in Steps 11 and 12, take the inner four cords and create a final Square Knot.
14. Turn the plant hanger around so that the back is facing you. Make sure all of the cords are hanging straight, then bunch up the cords so that you're holding them in one hand. Take one of the 30" cut pieces of cord and wrap it around all of the strands using a Gathering Knot. Wrap it around at least 5-6 times around. Once the knot is secured, cut off the ends and gently tuck in the cut ends.
15. To create the hanger, take the other 30" cut piece of cord and tie two Overhand Knots on each end of the driftwood. Cut off any excess rope but leave about one inch of rope on each end so that it doesn't come loose.
16. Cut off all the taped ends and trim the fringe as desired. Unravel the rope for a wavy fringe or leave it as is. The rope will unravel over time if the plant hanger is moved from location to location. To prevent this, you can add a dab of glue to the ends.
Enjoy! I'd love to see your work. Please tag me on Instagram at @malymade or use the hashtag #malymade so that I can find you!