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Ashoka Chakra

Ashoka Chakra

Description: The Ashoka Chakra design features the Slipknot.  There is a loop at the top, so it is great for making earrings, pendants and frames for stones or focal beads.  It can also be used as a holiday wreath if made with thick material.

History: The Dharmachakra is one of the most well known ancient symbols, usually described 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".


Barnacle Knot

The Barnacle Knot is a related technique, so be sure to practice it as well. 

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I found this design on the Fusion Knots website.

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

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Preparation:  To make this knot earring size (1-inch wide), cut one 36-inch cord (2 mm material).

To make a pendant (1.5 inches wide), cut one 60-inch cord (2 mm to 4 mm size material). 

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


Step 1: Secure one end of the cord to your board.  Move down 2 inches, and make a counter-clockwise loop.

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



Fold the working end to make a bight.

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

Tighten the Slipknot by pulling on the bight.  Mentally label it Bight A.


Bight A

Step 2: Secure the knot to your board (not the loop), so the working end is closest to you.

The length of Bight A determines the finished size of the entire Ashoka Chakra design.

(see below)



Decide the finished size you wish to make, then multiply that by 2.  Add at least 1/2-inch so you have a loop at the top. 

Here are the most common sizes:

  • 1-inch Earring size = 2.5-inch bight
  • 1.5-inch Pendant size = 3.5-inch bight

Increase (or decrease) the length to the appropriate size for your project.


Step 3: Make a counter-clockwise loop with the working end to start a second Slipknot.

Rotate under to make the crossing point.



Make a bight with the working end, passing it through the loop horizontally from the top (over - under). 



Tighten the Slipknot gradually. Adjust the size of the bight to 1-inch by pulling on the working end.  Arrange it horizontally as shown.

The two knots should be no more than 1/4-inch apart when you are finished tightening.  Reduce the amount of space between the two knots if you are using 2 mm material.

Bight A

Step 4: Pass Bight A (first Slipknot) through the new one over - under (from the top). 



Move Bight A back to a horizontal position. 

Move the second knot so the working end is vertical. It should rest close to the secured portion of the first knot.

Designer's Tip:  The reason why you put a small amount of space between the two Slipknot is so you can turn the second knot vertical, and to make sure the tightened portions rest next to each other.

You can adjust the spacing for the remaining knots as needed.


Tighten the second knot by pulling on the working end.


Step 5:  Repeat step 3 to make the next Slipknot.



Repeat step 4, passing Bight A through the new knot.

Then turn and tighten the new knot, so it rests to the right of the previous one.

Leave a Loop

Step 6: Repeat steps 3 and 4 several more times, until the last knot is 1-inch from the end of Bight A. 

The following steps show you one way to complete the Ashoka Chakra.  This is optional if you prefer a different method for securing the cord.


  Step 7:  Pass the 2-inch tail through Bight A.


Turn the Ashoka Chakra upside down so you are working in the BACK.

Fold the 2-inch tail, and pass it under one or more loops.  Apply glue to secure the tail to the back of the design.

OH Knot

Turn the design over, so you are working in the front again.

Make an Overhand knot with the working end.  Don't tighten it yet.


Pass the loop (Bight A) through the Overhand knot. 

As you tighten the Overhand knot, make sure the working end and the crossed area rests in the back of the design.


Make sure all the loops indicated in this image form a circle.  Make adjustments as needed.

Finish off the working end, sliding it under a loop in the back of the Ashoka Chakra.  Apply glue and cut off the excess material.

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