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Bonobo Bar




Bonobo Bar



 

Description:  The Bonobo Bar is a unique decorative knot that is based on the Half Knot, which are tied in an unusual manner. The knots are arranged diagonally, but the sennit has straight edges.  

This design is suitable for a variety of Macrame projects.  You can use it for bracelets, key chains, belts, pet collars and more.  When creating your own plant hangers, give this knot a try for the long sennits in the middle section.

The material used in the example is nylon Paracord, which I recommend for practicing.  Be sure to read the bottom section of Cord Preparation to learn how to prepare the material before knotting.

 





I found this knot on the Fusion Knots website.

Click on the image or link to visit the site. 

The video gallery contains tutorials for a wide variety of combination knots and techniques.

Fusion Knots









 Preparation and Clasp




 

To practice, cut two cords, each at least 60 inches long.  

The cords should be 8 x the finished length of the item you plan to make, if you are using the Bonobo Bar for a project. 

You will be folding the cords to make a loop that can be used for a clasp.

You can use four separate cords to make this design, if they are coming from other knots and you can't fold them.  

 





Fold

Fold both cords in half, placing cord B under cord A.

Secure the cords at the center.






Right Half

Move the right half of cord B to the left, so it rests over both halves of cord A and under the left half of cord B.

Arrange it diagonally (arrows).






Left Half

Move the left half of cord B to the right, passing it under cord A and over the right half of cord B.

Tighten the Half Knot firmly, keeping it as diagonal as possible.







Right Half

Step 2: Adjust the folded area of cord A so it's the right size for your project.

Move the right half of cord B under cord A and over the left half of cord B, arranged diagonally.






Left Half

Move the left half of cord B to the left diagonally, passing it over both halves of cord A. 

Bring it under the right half of cord B where it curves.

Tighten firmly, pushing the two knots close together.






Step 3:  Mentally number the two halves of cord A as segments 2 and 3. 

Cord B should be labeled as segments 1 and 4. 







Segment 3


Move segment 3 to the right, passing it under segment 4 diagonally.

Bring it back to the left, passing over segment 4 and under segment 2 diagonally.






Segment 2

Move segment 2 to the right, passing it under segments 3 and 4 diagonally.

As you pull it out on the right, pass it over segment 3 in the area where it curves.

Spread the knot out so you can see all areas.






Segment 1

Move segment 1 forward (toward you), passing it under segments 2 and 3 where they cross on the left.

Bring it over segment 2 where it curves.

Tighten the knot firmly, pushing it close to the previous knot.  Hold segments 1 and 4 as you tighten.






Segment 3

Step 4:  Move segment 3 diagonally to the right, passing it under segments 1 and 4 and over segment 2.






Segment 2

Move segment 2 diagonally to the left, passing it over segments 1 and 4. 

Pass it under segment 3 where it curves.

Tighten the knot firmly, pushing it close to the previous one.






Segment 4

Step 5: Start the next knot for the Bonobo Bar by moving segment 4 to the left, passing it under segment 3.

Bring it back to the left, passing it over segment 3 and under segment 1 (diagonally).






Segment 1

Move segment 1 to the right, passing it under segments 4 and 3 diagonally.

Pull
it out on the right, passing it over segment 4 where it curves.

Spread the knot open so you can see all areas.






Segment 2

 
Move segment 2 forward, passing it under segments 1 and 4 where they cross on the left.

Bring it over segment 1 where it curves.

Tighten the knot firmly, pushing it close to the previous knot.  






Segment 4

Step 6:  Move segment 4 to the right diagonally, passing it under segments 2 - 3 and over segment 1.





Segment 1

Move segment 1 to the left diagonally, passing it over segments 2 - 3 and under segment 4 where it curves.

Tighten the knot firmly, pushing it close to the previous one.






Sennit

Step 7:  Repeat steps 3 - 6 at least two more times if you are practicing the Bonobo Bar.

Continue until the finished size is reached if you are making a project.






Half Knot

Step 8:  The best way to finish the Bonobo Bar is to tie the modified Half Knot as in step 4 or 6.

Tie the knot using the instructions for step 4, if you stopped on step 6.

Use the step 6 instructions if you stopped on step 4.






Finish

Step 9:  Finish off the ends of the cord used in the previous step, by securing them to the back of the sennit.

Use the remaining cords to tie either a Knife Knot, or a different type of button knot (OPTIONAL).











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