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Chinese Flower

Chinese Flower

Description:  The Chinese Flower knot is a variation of the Good Luck Knot.  It has five large and six small petals that surround a woven design in the center. When completed, the knot will have an opening in the center, which is shown near the bottom of the page.

When made with 4mm size material, you can place a small stone or cabochon in the center (shown above).  I recommend you attach the stone with glue if using material that's slick, like the nylon Paracord shown in the example.

These instructions are written for 4mm size material, which is the best size for this design.  When making it with finer material (3mm or less), reduce the size of the bights in the first step (2.5 inches).

You can make the knot with 6mm cord material, but it will be very bulky.  Increase the length of the bights if you use it.
Preparation:  Cut one cord, at least 72 inches long (2 yards). 

Prepare the tips in some manner to prevent unraveling.  See Cord Preparation for options.


Step 1:  Fold the cord in half, and secure it to your board at the center.  Make the first bight (3) by moving down 3 inches. 

Then make four more 3-inch bights, and arrange them as shown in this image.  Mentally number them in a counter-clockwise direction.

Fold Ends

Step 2:  Fold the ends around a pin and bring them to the right.  Place them on top of bight 1, then secure them to your board.

Make sure they do not rest on bight 2. 

By folding them around the pin, a space is created.  Make sure the space remains intact after each of the following steps.

Fold Detail

Designer's Tip:  You FOLD the cords for the Chinese Flower, which is different than simply curving them. 

You actually turn them upside down after you make the corner, so the bottom surface that was touching the board is face up.

Bight 1

Step 3:  Fold bight 1 over the ends as well as bight 2.  Secure it to your board.

Bight 2
  Step 4:  Fold bight 2 over bight 1 and bight 3.

Secure it to your board.

Bight 3
  Step 5:  Fold bight 3 over bight 2 and bight 4.

Secure it to your board.

Bight 4

Step 6:  Fold bight 4 over bights 3 and 5.

Secure it as you did the others.

Make sure you can clearly see the space you made when you folded the ends in step 2.


Bight 5

Step 7:  Fold bight 5 over 4, heading right.

Bring it THROUGH the space formed by the ends, passing over - under the two parts.

Read the information below before removing any pins.



Step 8:  To tighten the first half of the Chinese Flower, pull on the bights and ends while the pins are in place.

Then slowly remove all the pins in the center area first, followed by the one at the end of each bight. 

Tighten more, but make sure you can still loosen parts of it later on. 

Designer's Tip:  It's important that you spend some time tightening and balancing the knot, so the bights are all the same size. 

Measure the bights if necessary.  This is the best time to change their sizes, so make any adjustments you need before moving on.


Step 9:  Mentally re-number the cords starting with the bight on the lower right side. 

The second half is made clockwise, so number them clockwise, too.

Repeat step 2, folding the ends over bight 1.


Step 10:  Repeat steps 3 - 6 moving in a clockwise direction, folding bights 1 - 4. 

Because the bights are smaller now, you will need to fold them close to the first half of the Chinese Flower. You can fold them directly on top of it if necessary.

Bight 5

Step 11: Fold bight 5 over bight 4, then move it down and bring it through the space made by the ends.

It should pass over - under the two parts.


Step 12: Tighten this portion of the Chinese Flower the same way you did the first half.

Be very cautious about removing the pins, since the loops are shorter and the knot can come apart more easily.

Pull Loops

Step 13: Turn the flower upside down.  There are small loops along the outside edge of the knot.

Pull those loops firmly, and enlarge them to at least 1/4-inch (larger if possible).  You may need to tighten the second half of the knot a bit more afterward.


No Stone

This is what the Chinese Flower looks like without a stone or cabochon in the center of it.

Should you decide to add a stone, make sure it's small so it doesn't stretch the knot too much.


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