The Brocade knot comes from the circular
symbols favored by the Chinese to represent good
fortune and completeness. The
center is round and is outlined by five loops,
which can be any size. I've seen
it called the Chinese Flower knot in some books.
This decorative knot is a challenge to
construct. I recommend you make the loops as
large as possible when you first learn this
Chinese knot. You will need less material as
you become more familiar with the knot and have
practiced a few times.
To view a Macrame pattern where this knot is
featured, see Butterfly
Cut one cord, at least 72 inches long, the first
time you make the Brocade knot.
When using Paracord, as in the example shown, melt
the ends with a flame to seal the inner fiber
Secure all loops and bights as you make them,
preferably at the crook or bend.
Loop = Circular with crossed areas
1: Secure the cord at
the center. You will use the right half
of the cord to make the first portion of
the Brocade knot. Secure the left
1 in a clockwise
direction, passing the working end under
the secured end to form the crossing
2: Bring the working end
back to the right, passing over
the secured end.
This forms Bight
A, which should be diagonal, as
well as large and open.
continued: Make Loop
2 on the right,
Bring the end under
to form the crossing point.
Move it under
loop on an angle, as shown.
3: Bring the working end
down to the lower
right, to make in the upper left area of the
Brocade knot. Bight B
to make Loop
3 at the lower right. Pass the
end under to
make the crossing point .
Move the end under
loop 2 as well.
4: Bring the working end through
passing Loop 1 under
the right portion of it (from below).
down, passing over
the segments of the Brocade knot. It
should rest to the all right
of the secured end.
Before moving on, make the loops and bights as
large as possible so you can see all parts
clearly. Design Tip:
The second half of the Brocade knot is where all
the weaving takes place, and you will need plenty
of room to work.
5: Now you will use the half
of the cord. Pass it through left Bight
under - over .
Move it through Bight B
This creates Bight
C, which is vertical,
at the bottom left. (See next image).
6: To make Loop
4, rotate the end counter-clockwise.
Weave the cord through Bights
A and C, passing
- over - under - under the four
Bring it over
the right end, and over
the left edge of Loop
Design Tip: You
are actually passing through
A and C ( over
Because they are crossed, the over
- under sequence is easier to remember.
Focus on passing the end through one bight at a
time if you get lost.
7: Bring the cord back to
the left, passing under
3, and under
the right end.
Weave it through the last four segments,
by going under
- under - over - over
(same path as previous step, in
8: Rotate the end
to make counter-clockwise Loop
5. Weave through the knot
again, heading towards loop
- over - under - under,
Another way to look at this step is that the
working end passes through
both bight C and D ( over
all the remaining segments.
If you get lost, just focus on the two bights
9: The final weaving
sequence for the Brocade knot starts by
the end under the
remaining segments, except
for the last two, which should be ove r.
The two segments the end passes over are
the same as where you started the weaving
in the previous step.
10: Identify and secure
the five loops. Remove the rest of the
Tighten the Brocade knot in
the order the loops were made.
Keep each loop secured until you are ready
to tighten it, then reduce the size and
secure it again.
Tip: You can tighten
the center first by pulling on the
loops. Leave enough room so you can see the
path of the cord.
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