How to Tie Decorative Knots

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Crafters use decorative knots to embellish such objects as upholstery and clothing. Aside from aesthetic purposes, these knots can also be used in tying ropes used in camping, sailing or safety harnesses. Knotting is an artistic skill that takes practice and patience. As you become familiar with making simple knots, you can use these to make complex and ornate decorative knots.

Blimp Knot

  • Lay the string out in front of you horizontally and bring the right end over the left side of the string, forming an open loop.

  • Pass the right end of the string into the loop you formed and back over to the right to make a pretzel shape.

  • Bring the right end of the string up and to the left without crossing over the rest of the knot.

  • Feed the end of the right string through the top of the left side of the pretzel. Bring the end of the right string up and to the right through the top right side of the pretzel.

  • Pull the ends of the string in opposite directions tightly to secure the knot.

Braid Knot

  • Fold the string in half so the fold is on the right side. The string should be in line horizontally in front of you.

  • Pass the right end of the string under the left side and bring it up over the left string. Leave the loose end in the middle of the other strands.

  • Pass the lowest strand up and over the central strand and then pass the upper strand over the new central strand.

  • Keep braiding the left and right sides over the middle one until you reach the end of the strings.

  • Push the loose end of the string through the loop at the end of the braid and pull it through to tighten it.

Chain Sinnet Knot

  • Lay the string in a straight horizontal line in front of you and make a small loop on the left end. Pass the right end of the string up into the loop and over the rest of string and leave it pointing down.

  • Twist the loop downward so you can see the rest of the string through the opening of the loop.

  • Pull the string through the opening of the first loop to form a new, second loop. Press the second loop down so you can see the string through the opening of the second loop.

  • Pull the string through the second loop and keep making new loops in the same way until you reach the end or have made as many loops as you want.

  • Pass the loose string at the end of the loops through the opening of the last loop and pull it tightly to secure the chain of loops.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use the chain or braid knots to tie up and secure extra lengths of rope in an attractive way.

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