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Ashoka Chakra

Ashoka Chakra

Description: The Ashoka Chakra design features the Slipknot. It is similar to the Barnacle Knot, described on a separate page.

There is a loop at the top of this knot design, so it is great for making earrings, pendants, and frames for stones or focal beads.

History: The Dharmachakra is one of the most well known ancient symbols, shown as a wheel with spokes.

This icon has been traced back to the time of the Buddhist king Ashoka.

It is known globally as a symbol for the Buddhist faith, and is sometimes called the "Wheel of Life".



I found this design on the Fusion Knots website.

Click on the link or image to visit the site.

The video gallery contains tutorials for a variety of unique decorative knots.

Designs by JD Lenzen

  Fusion Knots
Step 1: To make this knot earring size (1-inch), cut one cord, at least 36 inches long (2mm material is best).

To make a pendant (2 inches), cut one 72-inch cord (2mm to 4mm material) 

For other sizes, you need at least 30 inches of material for every inch in size.

Make a  Loop  

Secure one end of the cord to your board.  Move down 4 inches, and make a counter-clockwise loop.

Make sure the working end passes under the secured end (tail) to form the crossing point.


First Slipknot  

Step 2: Make a bight with the working end.

Push it through the loop over - under (from the top).

Tighten the Slipknot by pulling on the bight.


Important:  When constructing each Slipknot, I refer to the folded portion as a bight

In some of the steps below, this first bight is referred to as a large loop.  


This is a closer view of all the Slipknots you will make, showing the back and front.

Make sure the front is face up at all times (flat surface)


Loop Size = Knot Size  

Secure the knot to your board (not the loop), so the working end is at the bottom.

The length of the first Slipknot loop determines the finished size of the Ashoka Chakra.

(see below)



Here's how to determine the size of the first loop:

Multiply the finished size you need by 2.

  • 2-inch Loop = 1-inch Earring size
  • 4-inch Loop = 2-inch Pendant size

Add at least 1/2-inch for the loop at the top.

Step 3: Adjust the size of the loop by pulling on the working end.

Begin Next Slipknot  

Step 4: Make a counter-clockwise loop with the working end to make a second Slipknot.

Pass the end under to make the crossing point.


Make a New Slilpknot  

Step 5: Make a bight with the working end, passing it into loop 2 from the top.

Keep the working end at the bottom as you tighten the knot by pulling on the bight.

This Slipknot should rest 1/4-inch below the first knot.


Increase the Spacing

Design Option

By adding 1/2 to 1 inch of space between the knots, you can form picot loops.


Slipknot 1 Through Slipknot 2  

Step 6: Pass the first Slipknot (large loop) through the second one over - under (from the top).

Tighten the second knot by pulling on the end.


Next Slipknot  

Step 7:  Make the next Slipknot as in steps 4 - 5.

Pass the large loop through the new one, as you did in step 6.  Repeat several more times.


Final Slipknot  

Step 8: When you have tied enough knots to cover most of Loop 1, turn the Ashoka Chakra design so the 4-inch tail is at the top.

Tie the last Slipknot with the working end, around Loop 1, as you normally would.

But don't tighten it yet.


Tail Through Both Loops   Step 9: Pass the 4-inch tail through both loops, to create a circle.

Pull on the working end to tighten the last Slipknot.

Finish Off Ends  

The remaining portion of Loop 1 is used to hang the Ashoka Chakra from a necklace, or to attach it to earring hooks.

Apply glue to the last Slipknot, and then pass the ends through spaces in the back to secure them.


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