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Cats Paw Hitch


Cats Paw Hitch



Description: The Cats Paw Hitch has the same purpose as the Larks Head Knot, which is to attach cords to an object or holding cord.

This decorative knot can be used to attach cords to rings, dowels, and other cords. It's particularly useful in the initial mounting process.

It can be used anywhere in a Macrame pattern, wherever a standard Larks Head Knot is called for.

You can also lengthen the design described below, by making more than 3 wraps.

Other variations on this page:  Mini Cats Paw




Step 1: You'll need one piece of cord material, at least 12 inches long, to practice this mounting technique. You also need a ring, holding cord, or dowel, to hold the Cat's Paw Hitch.

In the images below, I used a holding cord (black), which was secured horizontally, with tension.



  Fold Below Holding Cord  

Step 2: Fold the cord in half, and lay it down under the item holding the knot.

The folded area (crook) needs to rest at least 1 to 2 inches below the holding cord, ring or dowel.



  Pass End Under Right Half

Step 3: Bring the right end down, and begin the wrapping process by going under the right half of the cord.



  Wrap Clockwise

Step 4: Wrap the end in a clockwise direction.

Wrap at least three times, so that you end near the crook of the fold.



Make the Wraps Snug  

Step 5: Tighten the coils so that the wrapped area is snug.

This will help when it's time to tighten the Cats Paw Hitch.



Repeat on Left  

Step 6: Repeat steps 3 - 5 using the left end. Wrap it around the left portion of the cord, heading counter-clockwise.

Be sure you move the cord under as you begin the wraps (see Step 3).



Tighten the Knot  

Step 7: Tighten the Cats Paw Hitch slowly, by pulling on the ends, gradually removing the slack.

There should be no gap between the crook of the cord and the bottom of the wrapped areas.

Depending on the type of material you use, you may need to slide the wraps upwards with your fingers.




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 Mini Cats Paw

Mini Cats Paw


This decorative knot is closely related to the Cats Paw Hitch. The main difference is that no wrapping occurs. Since I have yet to find out the official name of this knot, I refer to it as the Mini Cats Paw.




Fold the Cord  

Step 1: You need 2 pieces of material, one to be used as a holding cord, and one working cord. Secure the holding cord so it is horizontal, and has tension.

Fold the working cord in half and place it on top of the holding cord, with the crook at the bottom.



Bring Ends Down  

Step 2: Bring both ends down, passing under the holding cord.



Bring Ends to Center  

Step 3: Move both ends into the center of the knot, passing over the right and left portions of the cord.

The ends should rest under the crook when you are finished. Pull on the ends to tighten the knot.


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