I don't use a pattern for my work, but I've been asked for directions so here goes. Since I made this in both a short hanger and longer hanger both instructions are on this page. The picture is of the shorter hanger:
To estimate the yardage of a hanger, allow four times the finished length desired, DOUBLED. For Example finished length equals (25") 1 yard. 4 x finished length equals 4 yards. DOUBLED 4 x 2 equals 8 yards (25" x 2 = 50" x 4 = 200" or 5 yards 22 inches). Total number of cords used 16, so you would cut eight (5 yards 22 inches) 8 yard cords. When loop is made this will give you 16 working cords, each 4 yards long. To make a 36" hanger you will need (45.8 yards) 67 yards of cord. The one shown in the picture is only 25" long, as that's all the space we had for this hanger! The measurements for it when different are enclosed in (parenthesis).
Step 1: Cut a 1 yard cord ( I used the variegated cord) and start with a 2 inch ring and wrap it with that cord and tie it tightly when the ends meet, with a square knot . The ends will be hidden in the loop. Which will hold it in place.
Step 2: Fold 8 cords over ring and divide the cords into groups of 4 and make (10)11 crown knot s. The cords left over from the ring will be in the center and not used in the crown knot, if there is any left when crown knots are finished cut off the ends.
Step 3: Divide the cords in groups of four. With each group of four cords using the center 2 cords as filler cords tie (10) 11 half knots, they twist left or right depending which cord is overlapping. It will automatically twist when the proper number are made.
Step 4: Using the filler cord from last knots skip down 1 1/2 inches and tie (6) 11 square knots.
Step 5: Again using the filler cord from the last knots skip down 1 1/2 inches and tie a three square knot button .
Step 6: Again using the filler cord from the last knots skip down 1 1/2 inches and tie (10) 11 half knots, they twist left or right depending which cord is overlapping. It will automatically twist when the proper number are made.
Step 7: Again using the filler cord from the last knots skip down 1 1/2 inches and tie (6)11 square knots.
Step 8: TO FORM A BASKET: Skip (3) 4 inches, tie a row of alternate square knots , skip 3 inches, tie another row of alternating square knots.
Step 9: Use the 2 longest cords skip 3 inches and tie 3 square knots around all the other cords. Make sure they are snug. Trim tail. You can unbraid and comb it or leave it alone.
Alternating Square Knots.
These knots are used to form a basket: Skip 4 inches, tie a row of alternating square knots, skip 3 inches, tie another row of alternating square knots.
TO MAKE CROWN KNOTS: These are made by holding the cords upside down, and separating the cords into 4 equal groups, numbered counter clockwise. Put one group behind the thumb, this will be group #1. Pick up group #1 and lay over group #2. Drop group #1 as you pick up group # 2. Lay #2 over #3 Drop #2 and pick up #3. Lay over #3 over #4. Drop #3 and pick up #4. Take #4 over the top and put down directly through the hole where your thumb is. Remove your thumb and tighten each group separately. Make 11 of these knots.
Half Knot Sennit
With each group of four cords using the center 2 cords as filler cords tie half knots, they twist left or right depending which cord is overlapping. It will automatically twist when the proper number are made.
Using the outer cords as working cords and inner cords as the core cords. Place working cord to the left over core cords and under working cord on right. Place working cords on right under core cords and up through loop in left working cord. Place Left working cord over core cords and under Right working cord. Place Right working cord under core cords and through loop in Left working cord. Tighten cords.
Square Knot Button
Tie three square knots. Take the filler cords and thread them between the center of the filler cords at the top above the first square knot. Pull ends until it forms a ball. Tie a square knot directly under the button to secure it.
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