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Coyote Trail

Coyote Trail


Description: The Coyote Trail looks like a braid, but is more elaborate. A loop can be formed at the top, if you wish to make a bracelet or Macrame belt with this design.

This decorative knot can be used to make a variety of crafted items, such as key chains, belts, straps, pet collars and leashes.

When you create your own custom plant hangers, this design is great for the long areas between the top and bottom.

Children and beginners should be able to create small items with this knot, so it's a good choice for group activities.



I found this design on the Fusion Knots website.

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Connecting the Cords (and Optional Loop)

Loop for Clasp
Clockwise Loop with Right Cord  

Step A: Place two 72-inch cords on your board, resting vertically. Secure them at the center.

Cord A is on the left (yellow), and cord B is on the right (brown).

Make a clockwise loop with the upper half of the color B cord (right).


Design Tip:  Note that the working ends for steps A - D are the upper half of the cords.

The lower portions should remain secured to your board.

Pass End Through Loop  

Step B: Bring cord A over cord B on the left, and then under the lower half of both cords.

Pass it through the right loop (Cord B), under - over (from below).

Tighten slightly to remove most of the slack.


Pass End Thru Left Loop  

Step C:  Pass the same end (cord A) into the left loop, from the front.


Pass End Thru Right Loop  

Step D: Bring the upper half of cord B behind the lower portion of both cords, and through the loop on the right.

Tug on the ends to tighten the knot.


Optional Loop for Clasp   Optional: To create a loop, pull on the segment indicated in the previous image (cord A).

The size should be slightly larger than the knot or button used for the clasp.

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Coyote Trail Design

Main Coyote Trail Design

Path of Cord 3  

Step 1: Mentally label all four ends from left to right.  Move cord 3 to the right, passing under cord 4.   As you bring the end back to the left, form bight A.

Pass the end over cord 4, under cord 2, and over cord 1.


Path of Cord 2  

Step 2: Move cord 2 under cord 4, and through bight A under - over (from below).

Leave a little slack so you can clearly see Area B, which is the curve made by cord 2.


Path of Cord 1   Step 3: Move cord 1 through area B under - over (from below).

Completed Knot  

This is a closer view of the Coyote Trail knot, before it's tightened. Remove the slack by pulling firmly on all four ends.

Steps 4 - 6: Mentally re-number the cords.

Repeat steps 1 - 3 several more times, until the sennit is the size you need (see below).


Repeat Step 1   Repeat Step 2   Repeat Step 3
Step 4   Step 5   Step 6

Design Tip: Once you are familiar with the Coyote Trail design, you may find it easier to hold the cords while tying it.

Tie a Square Knot  

Step 7: To finish, tie a Square Knot using one cord of each color. Cut the two working cords close to the knot.

When using Paracord, heat and fuse the ends. For other materials, use fabric glue.


Step 7, continued:  The remaining two cords are used to make a button knot for the clasp, or to attach a button or bead.

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