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Cockscomb Knot


 

Cockscomb Knots

 

 

Description: The Cockscomb knot, also know as Ringbolt Hitching, is an interesting decorative knot seldom used in Macrame.

Since it has to be tied to something, you could use it to decorate bottles, to cover a handle, or to wrap a thick bundle of cords together. I've seen this technique used to cover portions of chairs and other furniture.

The primary knots used are Half Hitches, but they are arranged in a unique way.  The front of the knot will stand up above the surface of the dowel.

By alternating the direction of the Half Hitches, a type of braid is formed, which adds character.

The Cockscomb knot is often made with loops rather than braiding. So I have included the instructions for the Loop Ringbolt Hitch, and the ZigZag Ringbolt.


 







 

 

Step 1: You need 3 cords, each at least 36 inches long. You will also need a dowel to practice this unique decorative knot.

Secure the cords at the top of the dowel, so they rest side-by-side. You can use another piece of cord or tape to hold them in place.

Place tape on the opposite end of each cord, and write the numbers 1 - 3 on the tape. This makes it easier to keep them organized. Make sure you move left to right as you number them.


 







 

  Half Hitch  

Step 2: Wrap cord 1 around the dowel counter-clockwise, to make the first Half Hitch (under - over).

Make sure the end passes under the cord on the left.

The end should remain on the left when you are through.  Tighten the knot firmly.

 

 







 

  Clockwise Half Hitch  

Step 3: Use cord 2 next, and bring it down below cord 1. Make a Half Hitch in a clockwise direction, so the end is on the right when you are finished. (under - over - under)

Arrange the knot so it is next to the first one, and is completely tightened.

 

 







 

  Counter-Clockwise Half Hitch  

Step 4: Make the next Half Hitch with cord 3, in a counter-clockwise direction, just like the first one. The end should rest on the left when you're through.

Slide it up next to the others, and tighten it firmly.

 

 







 

  Cord 1 = Clockwise   Step 5: Now you use cord 1 again. Pull it towards the right, crossing the front of the dowel on an angle.

Make the Half Hitch in a clockwise direction, so the end is on the right when you finish.
 

 







 

Cord 2
 

Step 6: Cord 2 is next, so pull it to the left. Tie the Half Hitch counter-clockwise, so the end is on the left when you are through.

 

 







 

Cord 3 = Clockwise  

Step 7: Bring cord 3 to the right, and make the Half Hitch in a clockwise direction.

To continue, repeat steps 5 - 7Remember to alternate the directions of the Half Hitches each time you add another loop to the Cockscomb knot.

 

 

 







 

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Loop Ringbolt Hitch

 

Loop Ringbolt Hitch


 

 

This type of Cockscomb knot is made with one cord. The raised area is made with a series of loops, rather than crossed weaving.

All the Half Hitches (and the loops) are made in the same direction, except for the first one.

 

 

 

Half Hitch  

Step 1: Secure one end of a 60-inch cord to the back of the dowel or item you are covering.

Make a counter-clockwise Half Hitch, by passing  over - under the dowel, and over the cord.  The end should be on the left when you are through.


 







 

Clockwise Loop  

Step 2: Bring the working end down slightly and make a clockwise loop.

Cross the end under to make the crossing point, as you bring it to the right.


 







 

Pass End Through Loop  

Step 3: Bring the working end under the dowel and to the left. Pull it to the front.

Pass it through the loop under - over (from below).  Tighten the knot firmly.


 







 

Repeat Steps 2 and 3  

Step 4: Make the next clockwise loop, as in step 2. Make sure it rests just below the other loop.

Repeat step 3.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 several times, until the design is the size you need.


 

 







 

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ZigZag Ringbolt Hitching

 

ZigZag Ringbolt


 

 

This type of Cockscomb knot is similar to the Loop Ringbolt above, but the loops are made in alternate directions. This creates a ZigZag appearance to the knots.

You'll need one 60-inch cord to practice.

 

 

Half Hitch   Step 1: Make a counter-clockwise Half Hitch to secure the cord to the dowel. (over - under - over)

The end should be on the left when you are finished.

 







 

Counter-Clockwise Loop   Step 2: Make a counter-clockwise loop, passing the end under to make the crossing point on the left.

This loop should be in the front of the dowel.

 







 

Pass End Through Loop  

Step 3: Bring the end around the back of the dowel, moving left to right.

Pass it through the loop under - over (from below), pulling it to the front of the dowel.


 







 

Clockwise Loop  

Step 4: The next loop is made in a clockwise direction. Make sure the end passes under to create the crossing point on the right.

Bring the end behind the dowel, and through the loop from below.


 







 

To continue, repeat steps 3 and 4 several times, alternating the direction of the loops each time. 

When creating this type of Cockscomb knot, make sure you place the loops next to each other as you tighten them.













 

Loops Alternate Direction  


This is what the ZigZag Ringbolt looks like with the knots separated, so you can see the details.

The loops change direction each time.



 

 







 
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