Magical Lifestyle: Knot Magic and Crafting


Knot magic is basically using knots to bind your magic into some form a string. 

Let me remind you what magic is: it’s your focused, projected desire to the universe through conscious, symbolic or mundane action. Knot magic is a technique you can use to find this focused, meditative mindset in order to project your desire into the universe. Through repeated tying knots in string, you are literally tying your intention into that object.

There are many ways to use knot magic so it really comes down to your intention. Which is really true for pretty much anything in magic.

Knot Magic for Release

One way that I like to use knot magic is as a way to release any unhelpful or unwanted thoughts and ideas. Start by thinking about what you want to release: body issues, anger with a coworker, regret, a tie you have to an ex, or friendships that are no longer beneficial to you.

Tie a knot for each of these items. As you are tying knots some new issues may surface, tie those into the string too. Just see where the process takes you. 

 Tie knots for anything that isn’t helping you on your journey that you want to send back to the universe.

When you physically can’t tie anymore knots in the string, it’s time to release them.

I like to think about it as if you are taking something back to the store you bought it from. You say, "I don’t want this," "It doesn’t fit me," "It’s not my style," "I don’t like it," and the universe takes it back and gives you a refund or exchanges it for something you do want.

You can make a ritual out of the release by casting a circle and lighting a fire specifically for this purpose. You could do this on your own or invite other over to release with you. Try chanting, playing recorded music or instruments, dancing or praying while burning the string.

If you don’t feel very ritualistic, you can just casually toss the string ball into a grill or fire pit at a bbq party.

However you burn it, make sure you are in a well ventilated area or outside, the fire is contained and you are careful not to breathe in the smoke.

Click the button below to download this simple release spell using knot magic.


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Knot Magic for Mindfulness

Mindfulness is the practice of monitoring and becoming aware of your thoughts through being present in each moment. You can use knot magic to help you recognize the thoughts that are beneficial to you and those that are not helping you.

Keep a piece of string with you wherever you go. Anytime you catch yourself thinking unhelpful thoughts about yourself, another person or a situation you are in, you can tie that thought into the string and let it go. 

Related: Introduction to Meditation

Knot Magic for Manifestation

You can use knot magic for positive manifestation as well. The knot can hold onto your desires and wishes. Before you do this kind of magic make sure you are in a calm and relaxed mood. Get into a meditative state by taking several deep breaths and closing your eyes. 

Use the following chant to bring your desire to you:

By the knot of one, the spell's begun, 
By the knot of two, my words are true, 
By the knot of three, it comes to me, 
By the knot of four, the spell's gained more, 
By the knot of five, the spell's alive, 
By the knot of six, the spell is fixed, 
By the knot of seven, my power is given, 
By the knot of eight, the power's great, 
By the knot of nine, my desire is mine. 

Tie the knots according to this pattern:


As you tie the knots feel the emotions you associate with having the thing you want to see in your life. Smile. It can also be helpful to choose strings in colors associated with the things you want. Feel free to replace the word desire with the specific desire you have: an amount of money, a job title, a baby, a lover, new friendships, health, etc.

Stitchery Witchery

Knot magic can also includes certain crafts like knitting and crochet, cross stitch and needlepoint, embroidery and any form of sewing.

I’m not going to be teaching you how to do these things within this blog post. I'm sharing for those of you who already participate in these types of stitchery and were unaware of their magical potential. 

The reason this stitching magic is effective is because of the focused work. And, if you are well practiced, stitcher probably takes little effort and is likely something you highly enjoy. 

Also, this process is very meditative. Some find it soothes your nerves and creates a field of harmonious energy around you which can be utilized in manifesting. 

Just like with the other forms of knot magic discussed above, each stitch is filled with your emotions. The knots hold on to that intention, whether it's frustration at a tangle, anger or regret about a situation in your day, joy of taking part in your hobby or love and gratitude for the person you are making this project for. Whatever emotions and sensations you are experiencing as you craft are transferred into the project.

Generally, when you are practicing these sewing crafts, you are making something that will be cherished by you or the person you are making it for. This means that the energy you put into the project will be around for a very long time. Be sure that the energy is worth saving.


You can cleanse and charge your craft tools (needles, scissors, seam rippers, pins, crochet hooks, knitting needles, sewing or embroidery machines etc.) just like you would with crystals or other magical tools that you use. 

Read about cleansing methods here: How to Cleanse your Crystals

To charge your craft tools choose one of the four elements as appropriate: light from the full moon for Water, smoke from incense, sage or palo santo for Fire, soil in your garden or a potted plant for earth, sound or intention for Air.


Each color has a different vibrational energy that impacts mood, thoughts, feelings and more in ritual and in daily life. There are many ways to incorporate color into your stitching magic. Choose them based on your intention.

You can download the color reference sheet by clicking the button below and entering your information. Keep it in your Book of Shadows so you always know the associations of certain colors. 

Magickal Cat is a great resource to find associations as well.


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You can use magical timing such as daily associations, moon phases and zodiac or seasonal energy to plan your projects.

How to Practice Magic Daily goes into more detail about the types of magic to do based on the day of the week. In general start your project on ... for projects with the intention to bring ...

  • Sunday - Success, Joy
  • Monday - Intuition, Emotion
  • Tuesday - Action, Transformation
  • Wednesday - Communication, Knowledge
  • Thursday - Expansion, Spirituality
  • Friday - Love, Beauty
  • Saturday - Closure, Discipline

Working with the Moon's Energy will give you more guidance about moon phase magic. For big projects, you may prefer to use seasonal changes based on the solar energy to plan your craft projects.

  • New Moon / Yule - Set the intention for project. Start project. Make the foundation chain, the first stitch, the beginning steps of the stitchery.
  • Waxing Moon / Yule to Litha - Use this time to complete the majority of the project. If it's big project, you may need several lunar cycles.
  • Full Moon Litha - Complete the project, perhaps one you began several cycles before depending on the size of the project. 
  • Waning Moon Litha to Yule - Cleanse your tools. Clean out your craft storage area where you keep your supplies. Donate, throw out or make plans to use anything you want to keep. Plan future projects.

Of course you'll need to consider when you need to finish the project, as well. Not all projects need to be finished at Litha. This is why using the moon can be useful. It's also a bit more balanced as far as on and off crafting time.


Use chants and rhymes to say as you stitch. This will keep your mind focused on the intention so your thoughts don't wander. It will also keep your rhythm and infuse the magic into the project.

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