How to change cord sizes in Macrame- simply

July 22, 2020 0 Comments

How to change cord sizes in Macrame- simply

Ever wondered..
How do i change my cord thicknesses? 
You're not alone!

One of the most common questions i am asked from macrame makers around the world is how to successfully change your cord thicknesses when you decide to use a different size cord to that which is stated. For example, you created a piece using 5mm string in 4m lengths… and you are now wanting to create the same piece in 3mm string.. but how many metres of 3mm string do you use?

I know!! I bet this has stumped in your maker life too!! I can hear you rejoicing! This seems to be a tricky one for makers whether they are beginners right through to the advanced.
Whilst there is no set rule, there is a theory that has been helpful both in DIY blogs and modern maker groups. This is sure to give you a great start.
A grand reminder, this is a guide and it is always best to cut your cords longer rather than shorter. You can always use leftover cords for feathers, tassels, fringing and small decorations, but it is much harder to seamlessly (and much more annoying!) to add length to cords if you undercut.
**I always add on 10% to my chosen cord length so when l choose to add in a few extra details.. i know I’m covered for this.

 

Known Cord Length 

Desired

 

1mm

2mm

3mm

4mm

5mm

6mm

7mm

8mm

9mm

10mm

Cord

1mm

-

-50%

-66%

-75%

-80%

-83%

-90%

84%

-80%

-81%

Length

2mm

x2

-

-33%

-50%

-60%

-66%

-75%

-72%

-70%

-72%

 

3mm

x3

x1.5

-

-25%

-40%

-50%

-60%

-60%

-60%

-63%

 

4mm

x4

x2

up 33%

-

-20%

-33%

-45%

-48%

-50%

-54%

 

5mm

x5

x2.5

up 66%

up 25%

-

-17%

-30%

-36%

-40%

-45%

 

6mm

x6

x3

x2

x1.5

up 20%

-

-15%

-24%

-30%

-36%

 

7mm

X7

x3.5

x2.5 

x1.8

up 40%

up 17%

-

-12%

-20%

-27%

 

8mm

X8

x4

x2.7

x2.2

up 60%

up 33%

up 15%

-

-10%

-18%

 

9mm

X9

x4.5

x2.9

x2.5

up 80%

up 50%

up 30%

up 12%

-

-9%

 

10mm

X10

x5

x3

x3.8

x2

up 66%

up 45%

up 24%

up 10%

-

 

Whilst each cord is unique, below i’ve included photos showing five different thicknesses ranging from 2mm - 3.5mm - 5.5mm - 7.5mm - 9mm. Each cord being 1meter in length. You will notice that even creating the simple, single larks head knot to attach to the dowel uses a lot more cord as the cord thickness increases. As i begun to knot, the 9mm string only allowing me to create x4 rows of square knots before running out of cord, where as the 2mm allowed for x16 rows. 

Size does matter!
I love to create bold statement pieces so getting this right is important.
Hope this helps!

Better Together,
Brydie Mary

 





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