How to Add More Macrame Cord {When You Run Out Mid-Project}

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I remember the first time I ran out of macrame cord in the middle of a project.

It was super frustrating and I ended up untying the whole thing and starting over! Little did I know you can add more macrame cord when you run out and it’s not even hard.

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If you’re new to macrame, running out of cord in the middle of a project is a major cause of stress. But it doesn’t have to be that way! Once you learn these easy techniques to add more cord, you can rest easy knowing that even if you do run out, you can totally fix it.

Once you get more confident in your cord estimating abilities, you won’t have to do this as often but it’s always good to know what to do in macrame cord emergencies.

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How to Add Macrame Cord When You Run Out Mid Project

Here are some simple steps you can take when you run out of macrame cord in the middle of your project:

When Your Working Cords Get Too Short During a Square Knot Sennit

It’s really common for your working cords to get too short during a long square knot sennit. Luckily, we can fix that! Follow these steps to add more length to your working cords.

(Be sure to check out the video above if this is confusing!)

When the Filler Cords Get Too Short During a Square Knot Sennit

Sometimes the filler cords will end up being too short for your square knot sennits. It’s even easier to add cord when that happens!

When Cords Get Too Short During Alternating Square Knots

When you’re doing alternating square knots, sometimes you’ll get a cord or two that are just too short.

It’s easiest to add more cord when they’re filler cords, so if you can stop on a row when that’s the case it’ll make your life easier.

Also, I find it easier to replace two cords next to each other, so even if one is still longer I’d just replace the pair anyway as shown below.

When a Working Cord Gets Too Short During Double Half Hitch Knots

It’s really easy to replace a too short working cord when you’re doing double half hitch knots!

In the example below I tied the new cord onto the dowel to hold it while I tied the first knot with it, but you don’t have to do that.  It just makes it easier and less fumbly for the first knot.

Running out of macrame cord is a major cause of stress for newbie’s and experienced crafters alike. Knowing how to add more when you run out can help save your project from being ruined!

If all this talk about adding cords has got you scrambling to come up with some macrame projects to make, check out these posts with lots of free patterns!

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  1. The videos are very easy to follow.
    Thanks Crystal for taking the time to make these instructional videos, I have found them very helpful.

  2. Hello🌷Crystal
    Thank you for sharing your skills with adding extra macrame cord. Your demonstration is very helpful & simple to follow. Well presented.I appreciate your video.

    I am interested in using the soft macrame cords.
    Can you please advise where to purchase this material.
    Thanks Crystal for your time & teaching skills.
    Kind regards🌼

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