Monday, 21 January 2013

Macrame Monday: How To Tie a Crown Knot

I have big plans to share another plant hanger pattern with you all.  But first we need to learn a new knot that I've incorporated into the pattern.

So today we are going to learn the crown knot.

This is what a crown knot looks like when it's done.  It's a very useful knot used to make all sorts of strong ropes.

To begin:

1) Hold all cords upside down. Divide into 4 equal groups. Put one group behind your thumb (that would be the red cord in the photo). This is group #1. Number the remaining groups #2, #3, and #4 counter clockwise. In the photo that would make red #1, Green #2, Yellow #3, and Blue #4.

2) Pick up group #1 and lay over #2. Drop group #1 as you pick up #2.
(In the photo above, you can see that I've moved the red cord over the green #2 cord.  I will then pick up the green cord.

3) Lay #2 over #3. Drop #2 and pick up #3.
This means that I have now moved the green #2 cord over top of the yellow #3 cord.  I will now pick up the yellow #3 cord.

4) Lay #3 over #4. Drop #3 and pick up #4. Take #4 over hte top and put down directly through the hold where your thumb is.  Move your thumb and tighten each group separately.

(So basically, we've moved the yellow # 3 over top of the blue #4 cord.  We pick up the blue #4 cord and place it through the hole that the red #1 cord is making around your thumb. Then we tighten it all up.)


A Crown Knot!


If you make a whole row of these knots, you will end up with something that resembles a rope.  

Ta da!

I remember when I was little, my mom would tie a bunch of crown knots in my hair to make a round braid.  I loved it!

And if you would like a handy little print out to bring with you as you're tying your latest macrame project, I just so happened to have made one.

And it features my awesome... er... lovely... er... passable...  hand drawings.  I'm no artist, but I think you will be able to figure it out.

You can either save this image and print it, or download it from DropBox if that's easier.

And you can also admire my fantastic artist renderings.  Yup - I should be famous artist by now hehehe.

1 comment:

DangAndBlast! said...

heh - I know that knot, but for making lanyards at summer camp - didn't think of it as macrame!