What is known as Macrame Cord includes a great variety of fibers that are both braided or plied. They can initially be divided into two categories: such as cotton, twine, linen, hemp, jute, raffia, paper, or even leather and artificial fiber cords such as polyester/polyamide (nylon, dacron, etc) and olefins (polypropylene).
sizes from usually 2mm to 12mm
The diameter of macrame cords is usually indicated in millimeters (mm)
Though certain natural fiber cords can be relatively heavy, craft cords are usually very lightweight, a feature that is essential for creating crochet bags.
As a rule macramé cords are smooth
thin plain polyester cord can be delightfully soft and easy to work with causing only minimal strain for your hands and if necessary it can always be reinforced with plastic canvas or a similar material.
Elegant: The variety of color, texture, and thickness offers an almost boundless possibility to design and produce amazingly stylish and sophisticated items.
Expensive: The small diameter of these cords that are usually preferred for crochet (very thick cords are seriously not recommended), result in larger quantities, which means higher budgets required per project.
Slow: The recommended thinner diameter of this type of yarn results in more stitches, rounds, and rows and consequently take more time to complete a project.
the ends of mainly synthetic cords tend to fray.
Some matt polyester and polyamide cords tend to produce more friction than glossy ones. Also, Jute and metallic cords can be rough, therefore when choosing your supplies take into consideration what kind of stitch you intend to use.
If you are eager to use rich voluminous stitches such as the Balloon stitch, bobble stitch, candy stitch, shell stitch, fan stitch, etc, a thin macramé cord is a perfect yarn to do it.
ood simple stitch patterns such as the lemon peel stitch, grit stitch, Suzette stitch or even a plain single crochet pattern look when worked with thin macramé cords.
wouldn’t recommend the use of vertical and long loop stitches such as the zigzag puff stitch, Canestro stitch, or the Rattan stitch with thin cords.
Avoid long looped and complicated stitches when using sticky matt polyester or polyamide cords, jute twine, rough hemp, or metallic cords
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