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Alpine Knots

Alpine Loop

Alpine Butterfly

Alpine Bend

Alpine Loop

Alpine Butterfly

Alpine Bend

Description:  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.

The Alpine Loop and the Alpine Butterfly can be used as mounting knots in a Macrame design. They are suitable for items like curtains and wall hangings that require strong, stable loops at the top. 

They can also be used as clasps for jewelry items and belts. 

The Alpine Bend does not have a loop.  It is used to connect two cords, and is actually a type of linked Overhand knot.

Nets can be made using this interesting knot, simply by connecting two cords at a time in an alternating pattern. 


Alpine Loop

Alpine Loop

Description: The Alpine Loop has a stable loop at the top, which makes it suitable for hanging heavy items.    You can also use the loop as part of a clasp for something like a Paracord bracelet or belt. 

As you construct the knot, you are actually looking at the back of it.  You will need to turn it over to see the front.  Keep that in mind when using it in a Macrame project.

Loop 1

Step 1:  Make a loop at the center of a 36-inch cord, crossing left over right

The curved portion (crook) is considered the front. 

The back is the crossed area, which should be secured if you are using a board.

Loop 2

Step 2:  Bring both halves of the cord towards you, then cross left over right to create a second loop.


Step 3:  Pull the front of Loop 1 towards you, passing  over the crossed area of Loop 2. 

It needs to be long enough to fold in the next step.

Adjust the size of Loop 2 if necessary.


Step 4:  Fold Loop 1 under the crossed area of Loop 2.

Pull More

Step 5:  Continue to pull Loop 1 towards the back of the knot, passing over the crossed area.


Step 6: Adjust the size of Loop 1, then tighten the rest of the knot.

Turn it over to see the front of the knot, which has two horizontal segments below the loop.


Alpine Butterfly

Alpine Butterfly

Description:  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 stable loop.

What makes it interesting is the triangular shaped design below the loop.


Step 1:  Make a loop in the center of a 36-inch cord.

Cross left over right as shown.

The working end is the left half, which is now on the right.

Overhand knot

Step 2: To complete the Overhand knot, bring the working end through the loop from below, which is under - over.


Step 3: Turn the Overhand knot so the crossed area is on the left.   Make a bight, which is labeled 2 in this image.

To form a Slipknot, bring the working end of the cord through the Overhand knot over - under (from the top).

Loop 3

Step 4: To start Loop 3, move the working end in a clockwise direction.

Pass over the other end of the cord.

Bring the working end to the bight (2), passing under both sides of it.

Move Left

Step 5: Locate the right side of the bight (2) where it passes through the Overhand knot.  Move it to the left.

Move the working end through the Overhand knot, to the right of the segment that you moved.  It should be next to the crook of the OH knot.

Tighten OH

Step 6: Alpine knots should always be tightened slowly and carefully. 

This variation has three loops, which have to be tightened in order.

First, pull on the bight (2) to tighten the Overhand knot.

Loop 3

Step 7: Pull Loop 3 to make the bight smaller, but don't tighten it all the way.


Step 8: Tighten Loop 3 by pulling on the working end, which is on the right.


Alpine Bend

Alpine Bend

Description:  The Alpine Bend is the most unique of the three Alpine Knots.  It's made with two cords linked together.

See Linked Overhand Knots for similar decorative knots.

Left Loop

Step 1: You need 2 cords at least 25 inches long.

Secure one end of cord A to your left, arranged horizontally.

Make a clockwise loop, so the working end is vertical when you are through.

Right Loop

Step 2: Secure cord B on your right horizontally.

Pass it through the first loop under - over (from below).

Rotate it counter-clockwise, so the crossing point is on the right, and the working end is vertical.


Step 3: Move the two loops towards each other, to create an extra space.

Make sure you secure the crossing points of both loops before moving on.

Cord A

Step 4: Pass the working end of cord A through the new space under - over (from below).

Don't tighten it yet.

Cord B

Step 5:  Pass the working end of cord B through the space under - over.


Like the other Alpine knots, you need to tighten carefully. 

For this design, it's important that you don't twist the loops when you pull on all four segments to tighten.

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