These Alpine Knots are used in a variety
of sports and activities that require the use of
ropes. So they are not considered decorative
knots, but can be used as such.
These are good knots to introduce beginners and
children to knot tying.
In Macrame, the Alpine
Loop and the Alpine
Butterfly can be used as mounting knots
for items like curtains that require strong,
stable loops at the top. They can also be
used as a clasp for jewelry items and belts.
The Alpine Bend
can be used to connect two cords, similar to a
Linked Overhand knot.
The first knot is called the Alpine
Loop. At the top is a strong,
stable loop for hanging heavy items. For
that reason, it's useful for plant hangers and
1: Make a large loop at
the center of a 36-inch cord, crossing the
The curved portion is considered the
front. The back is the crossed area,
which should be secured if you are using a
2: Bring both ends to the
Pass the end now on the right over
the left to make the crossing point.
3: Pull the front
1towards you, passing it over
the crossed area of Loop 2.
Adjust the size of Loop
2 if necessary, so you have room
to complete the next step.
4: Fold the front of Loop
the crossed area of Loop
5: Pull the front of Loop
1 to the back of the knot,
passing it over
the crossed area.
Tighten the knot carefully
after adjusting the size of Loop
The Alpine Butterfly is the most useful of all
the Alpine knots. From plant hangers to
jewelry, you can use it whenever you need a
What makes it interesting is the triangular
shaped design below the loop.
1: Make a loop in the
center of a 25-inch cord. Cross left
over right as shown.
The working end is now on the right.
the Overhand knot, bring the working end
through the loopfrom below (under
Step 2: Turn the
Overhand knot so the crossed area is on
Make a bight,
which is labeled 2 in this image.
Bring the working end of the cord
through the Overhand knot over
- under, as you bring it
down. This is called a Slipknot.
Step 3: To make Loop
3, move the working end in a clockwise
the other end of the cord, below
Bring the end up to the top, passing under
the second loop.
Step 4: Bring the
working end down, passing through
Loop 1 under-over.
Make sure it rests to the right
of the other segment (loop 2).
Step 5: Alpine knots
should always be tightened slowly and
This variation has three loops, which
have to be tightened in
First, pull on Loop 2 to tighten Loop
Step 6: Reduce the
size of Loop 2, by pulling on the third
2 should be left slightly
loose, so you can use it as a hanger or
part of a clasp.
Step 7: Tighten Loop 3
by pulling on the working end, which is
on the right.
Bend is the most unique of the three
Alpine Knots. It's made with two cords,
which are linked together.