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Barnacle Knot

 Barnacle Knot


Description: The Barnacle Knot is a great way to make ring-shaped designs for Macrame projects.

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 Larks Head knots, tied onto a Slipknot

A similar knot design is the Ashoka Chakra, which features the Slipknot rather than Larks Head knots.


A video tutorial of this beautiful decorative knot can be found on the Fusion Knots website.

Designs by JD Lenzen

Click on the image or link to see the website and videos.

  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.


Secure one end of the cord to your board.

Move sideways at least 3 inches, and make a loop in a counter-clockwise direction.

The working cord should pass over the secured end to make the crossing point.

Bight 1

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 bight to tighten the knot.

Mentally number the bight #1.


  The length of the bight determines the finished size of the Barnacle knot, so it needs to be adjusted.

Multiply the finished size you need by 2.  

Add at least 1/2-inch to your measurement, so you have a loop at the top. 



Here are two common sizes:

  • 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 end.


First Half
  Step 4: To make the first half of the Larks Head knot, bring the working end over - under Bight 1. 

As you pull it down, pass over the portion of the working end directly below.


Half Hitch

Design Option:  You can change the appearance by tying Half Hitches instead of Larks Head knots, by repeating step 4 over and over.

2nd Half

Step 5: To make the second half of the Larks Head, pass the working cord under - over Bight 1.

As you pull it down, pass under the working end.

Both steps = one Larks Head Knot.



Step 6: Repeat steps 4 and 5 several times, until the last knot is 1-inch from the end of Bight 1.

Secured End

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 image below.


First Half

Step 8: Use the working end to tie the first half of another Larks head.

Make sure it goes around Bight 1, as well as the secured end. 

Make sure you tighten this knot as much as possible.


2nd Half

Step 9: Tie the second half of the Larks Head knot, around Bight 1 and the secured end.

Pull on the secured end to close the circle, then tighten the Larks Head knot by pulling on the working end.


Barnacle Knot

Step 10: Straighten the loop at the top of the Barnacle knot.

Finish off the ends by passing them through spaces in the back of the knot. Apply glue to hold them in place.


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