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Five different Chinese-style knots

Try your hand at button knots, interlocking overhand knots, snake knots, multiple overhand sliding knots, and leaf knots
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Button knots, interlocking overhand knots, snake knots, multiple overhand sliding knots, and leaf knots comprise this intriguing necklace. Not only does it provide an attractive base to showcasean art-glass bead, it also challenges you to learn an abundance of techniques. Once you master these individual knots, you will wantto combine them in other ways.

SUPPLIES

Necklace 16 in. (41 cm)

  • 3 yd. (2.7 m) #5 satin cord, in each of 2 colors: A, B
  • focal or art-glass bead with 5 mm hole
  • G-S Hypo Cement

Designer’s note: Practice each knot on two shorter lengths of cord before starting this project. 

INSTRUCTIONS

Starting 1 in. (2.5 cm) from the end of the cords, tie an overhand knot with both cords to hold them in place. This knot will be cut off after the button knot is completed.

PART A: MAKE A BUTTON KNOT
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Button knot: Figure 1
Leave 1 in. (2.5 cm) of space after the overhand knot, and, using cord A, make a loop, and lay it on top of cord B.
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Button knot: Figure 2
Flip cord A over from bottom to top, creating a twist at the base of the loop.

 
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Button knot: Figure 3
Bring cord B under cord A, over the twist in cord A, under cord B, and over loop A.
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Button knot: Figure 4
Tighten the loops to form two even interlocking loops, leaving a diamond-shaped hole in the center. Keep the loops flat by holding them between two fingers and your thumb.
 
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Button knot: Figure 5

Bring cord B over tail A and up through the diamond-shaped hole. Bring cord A over tail B and up through the diamond-shaped hole. 

Hold the two cords between the overhand knot and the button knot with one hand, and the two working cords with the other. Pull gently, coaxing the knot into shape. Once the knot is formed, pull hard to lock the cords in place. Dot the tail ends with glue where they exit the button knot, wait until the glue dries, and trim the tails, removing the overhand knot in the process.

PART B: MAKE AN INTERLOCKING OVERHAND KNOT
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Interlocking overhand knot: Figure 6

With cord A, make an overhand knot, but don’t pull it tight. Position the loose knot1 in. (2.5 cm) from the button knot. With cord B, make a second overhand knot by bringing cord B over and under the knot in cord A, looping it over cord A, around cord B, and through the loop just made with cord A. Pull both cords, and gently snug the interlocking knot close to the button knot, leaving about 1⁄4 in. (6 mm) of space.

PART C: MAKE A SNAKE KNOT
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Snake knot: Figure 7

Bring cord A under and over cord B, then under cord A, forming a loop around cord B.

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Snake knot: Figure 8

Flip your work over and pull cord A until you have a loop 3⁄4 in. (1.9 cm) in diameter.

 
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Snake knot: Figure 9

Bring cord B around and through loop A, and pull cord B until the loop is 3⁄4 in. (1.9 cm) in diameter.

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Snake knot: Figure 10

To tighten the loop, pull cord A, and snug the tightened loop up to the interlocking overhand knot.

 
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Snake knot: Figure 11

Flip your work over.

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Snake knot: Figure 12

Bring cord A around and through loop B.

 
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Snake knot: Figure 13

Pull cord A until the loop is 3⁄4 in. (1.9 cm) in diameter. Pull cord B, and snug the loop up to the previous knot.

PART D: Repeat figures 9–13 until you reach half of your desired necklace length. String your focal bead over both cords. Continue making snake knots to finish the second half of the necklace.
 
Make another interlocking overhand knot after the snake knots.
PARTS E & F: FINISH WITH A SLIDING KNOT AND A LEAF KNOT
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6. Sliding knot: Figure 14

Starting 1 in. (2.5 cm) from the end interlocking overhand knot, loosely wrap cord A around cord B three times, working toward the interlocking knot. Pull the end of cord A through the three wraps, and tighten, keeping the wraps 1 in. (2.5 cm) from the last knot. 

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7. Leaf knot: Figure 15

Fold the remaining length of cord A2–4 in. (5–10 cm) from the sliding knot. Bring cord A over and under itself, weaving back and forthseveral times, working toward the fold. (The number of times you weave back and forth will determine the size of your leaf.) Pull on cord A and the bottom and top of the leaf to tighten and shape the leaf. Dot glue where cord A exits the leaf at the top, wait until it dries, and trim. Repeat with cord B.

 
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