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 you should view is the
A video tutorial of this beautiful
decorative knot can be found on the
Designs by JD Lenzen
Click on the image or link to visit his
website, and to view the video gallery.
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 to your board (tail).
Move down at least 3 inches, and make a
loop. The working cord should pass over
the secured end to make the
Step 2: Make a bight
with the working end and push it through
the first loop from below.
This creates a Slipknot. Pull on the
to tighten the knot.
The size of the loop determines the
bight is now referred to as a loop. finished size
of the Barnacle knot, so it needs to be
Here's how to determine the length of the first
the finished size you need by 2.
2-inch Loop = 1-inch Earring Size design
4-inch Loop = 2-inch Pendant Size design
at least 1/2-inch for the loop at the
Step 3: Adjust the size of
the loop by pulling on the working end.
4: Bring the working cord over
the loop, and then under
it. As you pull it down, pass over
the portion of the working end directly
This creates the first half
of the Larks Head knot.
Step 5: To make the
second half, pass the working cord under
the loop first, and then over
the front of it. As you pull it down,
the working end.
steps equal one Larks Head Knot.
Tip: You can make Half Hitches
instead of Larks Head knots, if you wish
to change the design.
step 4 over and over.
Step 6: Repeat
steps 4 and 5 several times,
until the last knot is 1-inch
from the end of the loop.
Step 7: Pass the 3-inch
secured end through the
remaining portion of the loop.
Turn the Barnacle knot so the loop and
ends are at the bottom, like the image
Step 8: Use the
working end to tie the first
half of the Larks head around
loop as well as the short end. (see
Make sure you pull this knot as tight
as you can.
Step 9: Tie the second
half of the Larks Head knot, as in step
5. Make sure the knot goes around
the loop as well as the short end.
Pull on the short end to close the
circle, and then tighten the Larks Head
knot as much as possible.
Step 10: Straighten
the loop at the top of the Barnacle
Finish off the ends by directing them
through spaces in the
of the knot. Apply glue to hold them in
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