The Bonobo Bar is a unique decorative
knot that features small rectangular shapes
arranged diagonally. This design requires
two colors, to get the proper effect.
This knot pattern is suitable for a variety of
Macrame projects. Bracelets, key chains,
belts and more can be made with this design.
When creating your own Plant Hangers, give this
knot a try for the long sennits in the middle
The material used in the example is nylon
Paracord, which I recommend for practicing.
Be sure to melt the tips with a flame, to prevent
the inner cord from sliding out.
found this knot on the
by JD Lenzen
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site. The video gallery contains
tutorials for a wide variety of
combination knots and techniques.
Preparation and Clasp
To practice, cut two
cords, each at least 60 inches long.
When making something with the Bonobo Bar, such as
a bracelet, you need to multiply
the finished length by 12. Cut the
two cords to that size.
The loop at the top is
part of the clasp and is
Here are the steps if you decide to create the
Fold the cords
in half, placing
B under color
Match the centers and secure the cords to
over color A, and under
the left half of color B.
color A, and over
the curved area of the right half, as you
pull it to the right.
Tighten firmly by pulling on both
ends. Adjust the size of the loop to
match the button, bead, or knot that will
be on the opposite end.
The next two steps are important, so the clasp
will match the rest of the Bonobo Bar design:
Move the end
cord that's now on the left, to the
right. color B
Pass it under
color A and over
the right end of color B.
Move the end
now on the right, passing cord over
the color A cords.
Bring it through the curved
area of color B on the left,
- under the two areas shown.
Pull the ends to firmly
tighten the knot.
Bonobo Bar Design
1: Mentally number the
cords 1 - 4, moving left to right.
3 to the right (color A), so it rests
Secure the cord on the right, and then
bring it back to the left, passing over
cord 4 and under
2: Move cord
cord 3, and under
As you pull it out on the right, pass it over
the curved portion of cord 3.
Spread the segments so you can see all
not tighten the knot yet.
3: Move cord
1 (color B) straight down,
the crossed area of cords 2 and 3.
Bring it over
the lower segment of cord 2.
Both ends of color B pass over
this segment, which is a good way to
confirm the placement.
4: Tighten the first half
of the knot firmly.
Make the second half as follows: Move
3, which is now on the left, under
cords 1 and
Bring it over
cord 2, which is on the right.
5: Move cord
2 to the left, passing over
cords 1 and 4.
Bring it through
the curved area of cord 3 on the
Tighten the second half firmly by pulling
on the ends.
steps 1 - 5 to make the remaining
Mentally re-number the cords before
you start each
new knot in the Bonobo Bar.
Here is a review of the steps:
3 goes under
cord 4, and under
2 goes under
cord 4, and over
to right) >>
1 goes under
cords 2 - 3 where they cross, and over
segment of cord 2.
3 goes under
1 and 4, and over
cord 2. Cord 2 goes over
cords 1 and 4, and under
cord 3. >
After the last
knot is tied, you need to complete the
Bonobo Bar with a
Pass the left
the two ends in the center, and under
the right end.
the two ends in the center, and over
the left end (on the left).
Apply glue to the two ends in the
center. Tighten the knot as much as
you can, over the glue, so it's on the inside
of the knot.
You can direct
the ends you were just using to the back
and work them under the back of the knots.
Another option is to cut off the extra
material close to the Half Knot.
Apply glue or melt the tips with heat to
The remaining two ends are used to secure the
button or bead, or to tie a button knot for the
Below are the two button knots I recommend.
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