Description: The Barnacle Knot
is a great way to make ring-shaped designs for
This circular knot can be used for jewelry
designs, especially pendants and earrings. You
can also use it to replace metal rings at the
top of plant hangers. To use it as a
holiday ornament, make it large and suspend
bells or other decorations inside the loop.
This decorative knot features a series of
Head knots, tied onto a .
A similar knot design is the
which features the
Slipknot rather than Larks Head knots. Ashoka
A video tutorial of this beautiful
decorative knot can be found on the
Designs by JD Lenzen
Click on the image or link to see the
website and videos.
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
For other sizes, you need at least 30 inches of
material for every inch in size.
Secure one end of the cord to your
Move sideways at least 3 inches, and
make a loop in a
The working cord should pass
the secured end to make the
Step 2: Fold the
working end to make a bight, and push it
through the first loop from below.
This creates a Slipknot. Pull on the
to tighten the knot.
number the bight #1.
The length of
the bight determines the
size of the Barnacle knot, so it
needs to be adjusted.
finished size you need by 2.
at least 1/2-inch to your
measurement, so you have a loop at the
Here are two common
2-inch Loop = 1-inch Earring Size design
4-inch Loop = 2-inch Pendant Size design
Step 3: Adjust the size of
Bight 1 by pulling on the working
4: To make the first half of
the Larks Head knot, bring the working end
- under Bight 1.
As you pull it down, pass over
the portion of the working end directly
Option: You can change the
appearance by tying Half Hitches instead
of Larks Head knots, by repeating step 4
over and over.
Step 5: To make the
second half of the Larks Head, pass the
working cord under Bight 1.
As you pull it down, pass
the working end.
steps = one Larks Head Knot.
steps 4 and 5 several times,
until the last knot is 1-inch
from the end of Bight 1.
Step 7: Pass the 3-inch
secured end through the
remaining portion of Bight 1.
Turn the Barnacle knot so the loop and
both ends are at the bottom, like the
Step 8: Use the
working end to tie the first
half of another Larks head.
Make sure it goes
1, as well as the secured end.
Make sure you tighten this knot as much
Step 9: Tie the second
half of the Larks Head knot, around
Bight 1 and the secured end.
Pull on the
end to close the circle, then
tighten the Larks Head knot by pulling
on the working end.
Step 10: Straighten
the loop at the top of the Barnacle
Finish off the ends by passing them
through spaces in the
of the knot. Apply glue to hold them in
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