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Cats Paw Hitch

 
Cats Paw Hitch


Description:  The Cats Paw Hitch is a unique way to attach cords to a holding cord, ring, or dowel.  The best time to use it is during the mounting process, at the beginning of a Macrame project.

You can make it shorter or longer, simply by changing the number of loops you make in the directions below.

The Mini Cats Paw is a variation, which is also described on this page.  It can be use anywhere a Larks Head knot is called for in a Macrame pattern.


2017 Update:  The process for tying this knot has been changed, so you are working in the front rather than the back.   Contact me if you need the original instructions.
 
 
 
 
Preparation:  Secure a holding cord to your board horizontally.  Make sure it is stretched, so it has tension. 

When practicing, the working cord should be at least 18 inches long.  Try to use 4mm size material if you can.
 
 

Fold

Step 1:  Fold the working cord in half and place it under the holding cord, arranged vertically.

The center point should be 1/2 inches from the holding cord if you are using 4mm size material.

(See information below if you are using other sizes)

 
 
Designer's Tip:  When using 6mm size cord material, the center of the working cord should be 1-inch from the holding cord.  

For 2mm size material, it should be 1/4-inch.  

For other sizes, multiply the diameter of the material x 3, then convert that result to inches (25mm = 1-inch).
 
 
 
Right Half

Step 2:  Bring the right half of the working cord forward, passing over the holding cord. 

Bring it under the right side of the folded area, heading left to right.
 
 
 
Wrap Right
  Step 3:  Wrap the right half of the working cord around the right side of the folded area three times.

Wrap snugly without overlapping. 

Bring the cord under the center area when you are through.
 


Designer's Tip:  Your goal is to get the last wrap as close as possible to the center of the cord.  Otherwise the Cats Paw Hitch will be harder to tighten.

In the image above, the "U" is written at the center.  You can see clearly there is no extra space, since the cord passes right under it.

Adjust the other half of the cord to eliminate any extra space you might have. 


 
Left Half
  Step 4:  Bring the left half of the cord down, passing over the holding cord.

Move it under the left side of the folded area, heading right to left.
 

 
Wrap Left
 

Step 5:  Wrap the left half of the working cord around the left side of the folded area three times.

Make sure the coils don't overlap.

Bring the cord under the center area when you are through.

 


Tighten

Step 6:  Tighten and adjust the Cats Paw Hitch until it looks like this image. 

The loops around the holding cord should be close together. 

The remaining material can now be used to make other knots.

 



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 Mini Cats Paw


Mini Cats Paw
 

Description:  This decorative knot is related to the Cats Paw Hitch. The difference is that no wrapping occurs. 

I've named it the Mini Cats Paw, since I have never been able to determine it's official name.  Contact me if you know it's real name.
 
 
 
Front

This technique can be used as a substitute for a Larks Head knot.  

The front resembles the Larks Head, but the horizontal segment (head) is wider.


 
Back

The back of the Mini Cats Paw is very different than the back of a Larks Head knot (reverse LH).

Keep that in mind if you plan to use it in a Macrame project. 




Preparation:  Secure one holding cord to your board horizontally.  Stretch it so it has tension.

To practice, you also need one working cord at least 12 inches long.



Fold

Step 1:  Fold the working cord in half and place it on top of the holding cord vertically.



Move Down

Step 2:  Move both halves of the working cord under the holding cord.



Complete

Step 3:  Move both halves inside the folded area, passing over the right and left segments.

Bring them under the center fold.

 

Tighten

Step 4:  Tighten the knot by pulling on both halves of the cord gradually



 
 


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