How to Tie a Flat Knot

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Tying a flat knot is great for making bracelets or necklaces, as this knot is a decorative way to thicken up a piece of string or rope. Practice the decorative flat knot 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 flat knot, typically used for making bracelets but it's a knot none the less. Let's teach it to you. You're going to have your vertical strand here and a horizontal strand hidden under it. Start to bring the horizontal strand down and what you're going to do is lay your right hand side over the left. And what you're going to do is take the left hand strand. You're going to go just kind of on top of this and behind the original vertical piece and then bring it down. Pull it tight a little bit just so you can start to see the knot forming and we're going to reverse that process. We're going to bring the right han...the left hand over, excuse me, the right hand. And then we're going to take the right hand piece, go behind the center piece and pull it through and you'll stall, you'll start to see kind of an alternating pattern happen here as we continue on. And then eventually you'll just get good enough at this where it becomes kind of second nature to you and you can see that it kind of wraps around in a very interesting pattern as it goes here and then you would just kind of continue this until you have the length you would need for a bracelet or a little bit longer for a necklace and once again, it just kind of creates a very decorative way to thicken up your rope or string so that it's more of a bracelet style kind of thing. So that is how to do a flat knot. Thanks for watching.

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