Like most beginner macrame, a square knot sinnet is an easy knot that is also easy to make a mess out of. The key is to ensure you alternate the square knots or your work will begin to twist into a spiral. Resembling a helix, it’s a nice addition if that’s what you were intending, otherwise it will make a mess of your project.
To start your square knot sinnet, tie your lark’s head knots.
I’ve tied a row of 36 Lark’s Head knots for a project that I’m working on, and it will create 18 square knot sinnets.
I’m starting my example from the center to provide and visual of the work in progress. Using two lark’s head knots, you will use string 1, 2, 3, 4.
Place strings 2 and 3 straight down. String 4 will arc over 2 and 3 from right to left as shown in the image above.
Similar to tying your shoelaces, cross string 1 under 2 and 3, and over 4. This is where it gets a bit tricky. If you pull string 1 and 4 tight it will cause 2 and 3 to buckle. I use my thumb and forefinger to hold 2 and 3 still and downward while gently pulling 1 and 4 upwards into a knot.
When strings 1 and 4 are pulled to the top, it should resemble the image above. It should be pulled taught, but not too tight or it will start to twist. Now you can tie the alternate side.
Now you can repeat the first knot, mirrored. Place strings 2 and 3 straight down. String 1 will arc over 2 and 3 from left to right as shown in the image above.
Similar to tying your shoelaces, cross string 4 under 2 and 3, and over 1. Hold string 2 and 3 down and straight as you pull 1 and 4 together and up to the top.
Now you can alternate back to the right side and start with string 4. You can tie as many as you need to for your project, and they can be long or short.
If you make any mistakes, it’s very easy to untie the knot and start at the beginning with your lark’s head knots.