Cut 24 strings that are 4 m long. Make a knot in all the ends so that the strings don’t tangle. Tie the strings to a strong rod one by one using a lark’s head knot: Fold the string in the middle and place it under the rod. Pull the ends through the loop and tighten to a knot.
Lay the 2 outermost strings on each side and tie them together with a knot for hanging. Secure these strings to the work surface using a clamp or similar so that the workpiece stays in place while you make knots.
Lay to the side the 2 outermost strings on each side. Then tie the remaining strings together 4 and 4 with a square knot (first, one macramé knot to the right then one to the left). There should be a total of 10 knots in the first row. Spread the knots out on the rod so that there is space between them.
Lay to the side the 2 outermost strings on each side. Then tie the remaining strings together 4 and 4 with a square knot approx. 3 cm below the knots in the row above. Tie the new knots with 2 strings from each knot from the row above. There will be a total of 9 knots.
Repeat step 4 until you only have 1 knot in the row. By laying the 2 outer strings to the side there is 1 knot fewer with each round until you only have 1 square knot on the row and the workpiece comes to a point.
Take the outer string from the left side and place it diagonally down to the last knot. Make a double half hitch around the diagonal string with the nearest adjacent string. Continue to make a double half hitch around the diagonal string with the remaining strings down to the last knot. Knot on the right side in the same way.
Tie a square knot with the 4 centre strings approx. 50 cm below the tip. Continue to tie the remaining strings 4 and 4 with a square knot out towards each edge. There should be a total of 11 knots in the row.
Lay the 2 outermost strings on each side to the side. Now tie the remaining strings together 4 and 4 with a square knot approx. 10 cm below the knots in the row above.
Tie the 2 loose strings from each side with a square knot. Knot one more round with a square knot approx. 5 cm down.
Cut about 1 metre of string and make a loose loop. Gather up all the threads, place the loose loop on top, and wrap the string over the loop and firmly around all of the threads several times. Thread the end of the string that you used to wrap the bundle into the loop and then pull on the other end of the loop to secure the string. Hang up the basket and put a cushion in it so that your cat can sleep well.
Your cat buddy deserves the best! Using macramé you can make the world’s cosiest and best looking bed for your furry friend. A hanging throne from where your cat can keep watch, groom itself and slumber for an hour or ten. Because, what cat doesn’t like sleeping in its own cool hammock? If you want, you can use the basket without a cushion and hang a flowerpot instead. Check out how to make the macramé basket in our video tutorial.