How to Tie a Box Knot

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A box knot is common to use in macrame projects, jewelry making and other small crafts, but it is not a life-saving knot. See how the box knot resembles a box shape with instructions from a rock climbing instructor in this free video on knot tying.

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Hello, this is Andrew Reynolds, and today I'm going to show you how to make a box knot. Now this is not a life saving knot by any means, but it's very common in macro made crafts, and if people are making a little wrist band this is very common. Basically you have your two strands of string, we're using some large rope just for demonstration purposes so it's very easy to see. So basically you're going to take your left hand strand and place it over the right, and then the right one or the strand that just got overlapped is going to be placed- you're going to take it and place it over the beginning parts of your ropes, since you're already starting to see something forming here. And now what we're going to do is take the original rope, place it under that rope, over the rope that you just placed everything and then kind of pull it at the same angle that you had that original rope at. Now we're almost done, you can already start to see the box forming here. So this is going over this rope, so we know it has to go under this one and through. And likewise, this one is going under this rope, so we know it's going to have to go over and through. And of course you pull it and tweak it until you get about that nice little, perfect little box shape. And of course, with the remaining rope you would just continue that on until you have everything that you wanted. And that is a box knot. Thanks for watching.

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