How to Use Knotwork Spells

Have you ever wondered about how to use knot magic in your practice?

Knot Magic, Thread Magic, or knotwork spells are incredibly simple forms of witchcraft that you can use really early on in your journey.

They don’t have the same ambiance as candles and they don’t typically have wonderful scents like herbs or oils.

My favorite part about knot magic and knotwork spells is that they can be done almost anywhere, any time and with virtually any material. Bracelets, hair braids, string, rope, wire, necklaces, scarves, shoes.

If you can tie it, it can be worked as a knot spell.

You Already Know How to Use Knot Magic.

Remember when friendship bracelets were all the craze? You’d pick out a cool pattern with your bestie and decide on colors. Sitting in the floor, perhaps with music playing while you read and reread instructions until your eyes became crossed. Creating the loop and taping or pinning it to something?

Or how about all those daisy chains we made at recess? When you just didn’t feel like competing for a spot on a swing? The sun shinging down and the wind blowing your hair as you chose various flowers and clovers. I truly miss breaks like that.

Knotwork spells can be as big as weaving in your home or it can be just as discrete as a bracelet. Anything goes on this project!

Like with all spell work, what you really need is a focus, intention, and desire for your outcome.

But What About Materials in Knot Magic?


My preferred material to use is yarn. Its incredibly soft and comes in all shapes sizes and colors. Gradient yarns like this one are some of my favorites. I like to crochet chain stitches into a necklace or a length of yarn as a hair braid.

Embroidery thread.

This is the kind of thread you used in those friendship bracelets I mentioned above. They come in every color imaginable and are very easy to stick in a travelling kit if you decide that knotwork is your thing.


Typically, it is a good idea to use rope or hemp if you want to burn the finished product. It is also good to use it for binding type spells. These are for the things you definitely don’t want to keep around. If you are a macrame fan, the rope or hemp is great for any wall hangings and plant hangers.

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So How Do You DO It?

First, you’ll need to decide on your desired effect. Do you want to draw something closer to you or would you rather push it away?

My recommendation is that if you wish to push something away to burn the knotwork after you are done tying the thing up. If you wish to draw something closer to you, then do the knotwork and either keep it near you in a pocket or purse or perhaps hang it somewhere that you will see fairly often.

These are just my recommendations.

Discovering what works best for your magic is pretty much the best part about working magic.

So, let’s say I want to draw more opportunities for money. Keep in mind, I want to draw opportunities to make money. Not just money. I find that typically just asking for money doesn’t work. Our gods like to help those who help themselves.

For this spellwork, I have a couple of criteria I want to hit.

  • I’d like to keep it near me so I am going to create a small length that I will keep in my wallet.
  • I’ll use a length of green yarn or embroidery thread since that symbolizes wealth or prosperity to me.
  • While I work, I’ll drink a cup of mint tea or something that will sharpen my focus like a good green leaf tea.

Once I’ve assembled all my items, and gotten into my “Magic Zone”, I’ll begin to tie 9 knots with the thread. I like to start from top and work my way to the bottom trying to keep the knots evenly spaced. I’ll recite each line below as each knot is completed.

“By knot of one, the spell’s begun.
By knot of two, it comes true.
By knot of three, so mote it be.
By knot of four, this power I store.
By knot of five, the spell’s alive.
By knot of six, this spell I fix.
By knot of seven, events I’ll leaven.
By knot of eight, it will be fate.
By knot of nine, what’s done is mine”

Take a sip of tea! You’re done! Thank any familiars or spirit guides you may have for their help and keep the spell (or burn!) on you until it is complete or perhaps needs a refresher.

Love and Light to You!


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