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Barnacle Knot

 Barnacle Knot


Description: The Barnacle Knot is a great way to make knotted loop designs for Macrame projects.

This technique can be used for jewelry pendants and earrings.  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 the bight of a Slipknot

Nylon Paracord was used in the example shown.  Please read Cord Preparation to find out how to prepare it properly, if you decide to use this material.


Ashoka Chakra

The Ashoka Chakra is a similar technique.  You tie a series of Slipknots rather than Larks Head knots.

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

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Preparation: To make this knot earring size, use 2 mm size cord material and cut one 36-inch cord.

To make a pendant, use 2 mm to 4 mm material and cut one 60-inch cord.

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 (tail).

Move over 2 inches, and make a counter-clockwise loop.

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


Step 2: Fold the working end to make a bight, and push it through the first loop over - under.

This creates a Slipknot. Pull on the bight to tighten the loop around it.


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

Earrings: Finished Length x 2 + 1/2-inch (for loop)

Finished Length x 2 + 1-inch

Designer's Tip:  The finished length is the size you are aiming for, measuring from top to bottom.  You need to add extra length so you have a loop at the top.

When making earrings, you only need a small 1/2-inch loop at the top to attach the hook. All other items should have a 1-inch loop.

First Half
  Step 4: Secure the Slipknot horizontally with tension.

To make the first half of the Larks Head knot, bring the working end over - under the Slipknot. 

As you pull it forward, pass over the working end to complete the loop.  Tighten FIRMLY.


Second Loop

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

As you pull it forward, pass under the working end.  Tighten FIRMLY.

Steps 4 + 5 = one Larks Head Knot.



Step 6: Repeat steps 4 and 5 several times, until the last knot is 1-inch from the end of the Slipknot bight (1/2-inch for earrings).

Make sure the knots are close together and do not overlap. 


Step 7:  Turn the Barnacle knot upside down so you are working in the BACK.

Pass the 2-inch tail through the loop.

Loosen the last 2 Larks Head knots tied.


Under Loops

Step 8: Pass the tail under the loose Larks Head knots.

Pull on the tail to form the oval shape.  Apply glue, then re-tighten the knots.


Working End

Step 9: Pass the working end under 1 - 3 loops in the back of the knot on the opposite side of the tail. Apply glue to secure it.

Place it on the opposite side from where the tail was secured.



Straighten the loop at the top of the Barnacle knot. Make sure the last two knots are still tight.

Wait several hours for the glue to dry completely.  Then cut off the excess material.


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