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How to make a Macrame Lawn Chair

Woven Macramé Lawn Chair Instructions

By: Dawn L. King

Free step by step instructions for weaving a lawn chair with macrame cord, includes detailed instructions and photographs to assist you from turning an empty macrame chair frame and some macrame cord into a wonderful macrame lawn chair.

Supplies You Will Need:

1 - Macrame chair frame

1- Amount of macrame cord corresponding to your type of frame:

Plastic-arm macrame chair: 200 Yards 6mm Macrame Cord
Plastic-arm macrame rocker: 200 Yards 6mm Macrame Cord
Wood-arm macrame chair: 250 Yards 6mm Macrame Cord
Wood-arm macrame rocker : 250 Yards 6mm Macrame Cord
Solid-oak macrame chair: 200 Yards 6mm Macrame Cord 
Solid-oak macrame rocker : 200 Yards 6mm Macrame Cord
Children's plastic-arm chair: 140 Yards 3-4mm Macrame Cord
Lounge chair: 400 Yards 6mm Macrame Cord

2- Size K crochet hooks for 6mm cord or 2 size J crochet hooks for 3-4mm cord.

Vertical Instructions:

The vertical pattern is worked with one length of cord. Horizontal cording is done with two pieces (one for the seat and one for the chair back). Vertical rows should be firm, but not so tight that you bend the center bar. The easiest way to work on the chair is to sit with the frame in front of you with the chair back to your left. You can also place the frame on a coffee table or box, if you prefer standing.

The rounded corners are left unworked. You will be working from the top left corner of the chair back down to the front left corner and then back up.

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Step 1.

Start the chair by facing it from the left side. The roll of macrame cord should be on the floor behind the chair frame. If using a hank, find the cord end in the center of it, as this will keep your cord from tangling. Bring the end of the cord over the back of the chair frame, under the center bar and tie a very tight knot around the straight front left corner (front corner closest to you). Leave a 4”-6” tail. (See Picture 1.) The picture is opposite of where you should be standing. This was done to give you a good view for placement of cord. Tape the end to the chair frame so that as you weave it will be covered. Remove the tape before you get to it.

   

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Step 2.

At the top of the chair back take the loose cord and pull a loop forward under the bar and put the crochet hook in it. The cord should be placed across the center or flat part of the crochet hook. This lives a big enough loop to pull the crochet hook through on the next chain stitch. (Picture 2) The cord should be pulled tight and the crochet hook should rest across the corner of the chair.
   

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Step 3.

Bring a loop from the back of chair to the front, under the crochet hook, under the center bar and then over the bottom bar. Bring the loop up at the front left corner of the chair in front of the knot you tied on. (Picture 3) Place second crochet hook in the loop and allow to rest across corner of chair. Pull on the loose cord at back of chair and this will hold the crochet hook in place.
   

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Step 4.

Bring the loose cord forward (under the top bar) and using the crochet hook, make a chain stitch by pulling the cord through the loop that is already around the crochet hook. Keep tension on the loose cord. You will be making a chain stitch over the three cords that are already on the chair.
   

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Step 5.

Bring a loop from back to front over the top back bar of the chair frame, (under the crochet hook) under the center bar and over the bottom bar, bringing the loop up between the three cords already on the frame and the two cords you just brought down from the back. (Picture 5) Using the crochet hook, make a chain stitch by pulling this loop through the previous loop. Make sure you have the tension on the cord closest to you so that the cords are firm on the chair. Pull on the loose cord at the top back bar of the frame. This will put tension on the bottom crochet hook again. Make another chain stitch at the top of the chair. Repeat this procedure from the top of chair frame to the bottom until you have completed the full number of cords required in your pattern. Remember you will only be doing a chain stitch over two cords now. The first time was three because you pulled a single cord down and tied it on the chair bottom.
   



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Step 6.

After completing the last row, cut the cord, leaving a 4”- 6” tail. Pull the bottom crochet hook out and then release the last chain stitch you just made. Pull the entire piece of cord through the chain stitch at the top of the chair with the other crochet hook (this will finish off that edge and get rid of that crochet hook) and then bring the cord back down the chair and re-hook the first chain stitch you took out. You will have to either chain stitch over the last three cords, or chain over two and then one cord.
   

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Step 7.

Turn the chair over and weave the end of the cord underneath the frame.
   

Horizontal Instructions:

Horizontal cords are woven from left side to right side. Work on the straight bars of the chair. The rounded corners are left unworked. Sit with the chair front facing away from you, but tilted so that you are working from the top of the chair back down towards the seat. I put the back rear legs of the chair up on a box or table, so that the chair is almost, but not quite, upside down. This way I am not bending over the chair and thereby not putting unnecessary strain on my back.

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Step 8.

Place the roll of cord on the floor to the left of you. Tie a knot on the top left corner of the chair back on the straight side bar. (See Picture).  Pulling a  loop across the chair. Weave your first row of the chair back design, going under and over. When  you reach the right side, bring the loop around the outside of the chair and up inside the bar so that the loop is between the cords you just pulled across and the top bar of chair. Slide the first crochet hook in the loop and pull tight on the loose cord on the left side. This will hold the crochet hook tight.  Taking that loose cord and bringing it up inside the chair frame on the left, between the two cords just pulled across and the top bar of the chair frame, slide the second crochet hook under it and bring the cord back around the outside of the chair. This will form your left side starting chain stitch.
   

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Step 9.

Continue working down the chair and weaving over and under, following your chair pattern. At each side bring the loop up between the two cords already on the chair and the two cords you just brought across and chain stitch. 
   

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Step 10.

When you finish the pattern, end it like you did the vertical cords and weave the tail in under the cords in back.
 

Seat Instructions:

Horizontal Cords are woven from left side to right side. Sit with the front of the chair facing you. I like to work with the back legs of the chair propped up on a box or coffee table, so I do not have to bend over the chair while working on it. Once again, work on the straight bars of the chair. The rounded corners are left unworked.

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Step 11.

Place the roll of cord on the floor to the left of you. Tie a knot on the front left side bar of the chair, (See Picture) leaving a 4”- 6” tail. Pulling a loop across the chair, weave in your first row of the chair seat pattern. Bring the loop over the right side bar and bring it up between the two cords you just put on the chair and the right inside front bar of chair seat. Lay your crochet hook in the loop and pull tight on the loose cord on left side of chair. Bring the loose cord up inside the chair frame between the two cords you just put on and the left inside front bar of the chair frame and lay the second crochet hook under it. Bring the cord back down and around the outside of chair frame. This creates your first chain stitch on the left side of the chair. Continue weaving the chair seat pattern the way you did the chair back. When you get to the chair arms, you will have to pick up your roll of cord and move it so that you will not have a cord wrapped around the outside of the chair frame. Finish off the chair seat in the same manner as the chair back.
Congratulations you have completed your first macrame lawn chair!