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Chinese Button Knot

Chinese Button Knot


Description: The Chinese Button Knot is frequently sewn onto traditional Chinese and Asian clothing, to form the closures.  It's often combined with other decorative knots, such as the Pipa Knot

The traditional Chinese Button has five loops, which makes it larger than most button knots.   When using it in a Micro-Macrame project, you can pull up a loop to attach it to an earring hook or a jump ring.  

See the Butterfly Earrings to view an example of how it can be used in a Macrame project.

Button knots are a challenge to tighten, so make sure you have no distractions.

You should practice constructing this button knot several times, until you can tie it without the instructions.   This is one of the basic knots used in Chinese Macrame.  In order to create combination knots, practicing is essential.

Note that only a few pins were used in the example shown, to make the details easier to see.  I highly recommend you use a project board and secure each loop as you make them.

Loop 1

Step 1:  Secure the center of a 60-inch cord to your board.

Cross the right half over the left to make loop 1.

Loop 2

Step 2:  Make loop 2 with the right end of the cord, in a clockwise direction. 

It should rest to the left of Loop 1.


Step 3:  Slide Loop 2 to the right, so it's under the left side of Loop 1, creating three spaces.

Secure the right end of the cord to your board.  

Loop 3

Step 4:  Use the left end next, rotating it clockwise, to make loop 3.

Pass it over the right end (at the bottom).

Weave it under - over - under - under loops 1 and 2.

Loop 4

Step 5:   To make loop 4, pass the left end over the first two segments, plus the right half (top right area of knot).

Bring it under the two segments at the lower left. 

Move Ends

Step 6:  Move the right end to the upper left area of the Chinese Button knot, passing over the left. 

The segment with the X should rest inside Loop 3.

Move the left end to the right, and secure it.

Loop 5

Step 7:  To make loop 5, bring the right end under the top of Loop 1. 

Pass it over the next 3 segments, and under the three segments at the very bottom.  

The segment with the X in the previous step is indicated in yellow.


Step 8:  Tighten the Chinese Button knot slowly and carefully, removing the pins as you progress.

Loops 1 - 2 - 5 lead to the right end.  So you can pull on loop 2 to tighten loop 1. Tighten loop 5, followed by the end.

Loops 3 and 4 lead to the left end.

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