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Coyote Trail

Coyote Trail


Description: The Coyote Trail looks like a braid, but is more elaborate. Make sure you use two contrasting colors to see the alternating pattern. 

This design can be used to make a variety of Macrame projects, such as belts, pet collars and leashes, Paracord bracelets, and more.  Try using this technique for the long posts in plant hangers and tables.

A loop can be formed at the top, if you need a clasp.

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

The following instructions show you how to connect the two cords to start the Coyote Trail. 

Other techniques can be used, but it's important that the four segments are arranged so both halves of each cord rest side-by-side, like the image in step E.


Cut two cords, at least 45 inches long to practice the Coyote Trail.

When using this technique in a project, cut the cords 7 x the finished length you plan to make.

In the images, cord A is gold and cord B is brown.
Right Loop

Step A: Place the cords on your board vertically, and secure them at the center.

Cord A should be on the left.

Make a clockwise loop with the back half of cord B, passing over both cords.


Designer's Tip:  The terms back and front (or backward and forward) can be confusing, since most people tie knots with the board flat rather than upright.

Front or Forward = closer to the front of your board.

Back or Backward = closer to the back of your board.

Left Loop

Step B: Bring cord A over cord B on the left, then under it further to the right.  Pass it under the front half of both cords.

Pull it out on the right, passing over cord B.

Tighten slightly to remove most of the slack.


Left Loop

Step C:  Turn cord A to the left, then pass it into the left loop from the top (over - under).

You can tighten it slightly, so it looks like the image below.


Cord B

Step D: Bring the back half of cord B under the front portion of both cords.

Then pass it through the loop on the right from below (under - over).



Step E: Tighten the knot gradually until it's firm.

Identify the segment shown, and pull it backward if you need a loop for a clasp (see next image).

  Step F:  The size of the loop should be at least 1/2 to 3/4 inches in size, depending on which knot you plan to tie at the other end.

Mentally the four segments as if they were four separate cords.


Macrame Cord Divider

Coyote Trail Design

Cord 3

Step 1: Move cord 3 to the right, passing it under cord 4.  

Curve it back to the left, then pass it over cord 4, under cord 2, and over cord 1.

Secure it at the curve.


Cord 2

Step 2: Move cord 2 under cord 4 as you bring it to the right.

Pass it under - over cord 3 at the curve, heading toward the back of your board.

Leave a little slack so you can clearly see the segment marked with the X.


Cord 1
  Step 3: Move cord 1 under - over cord 2 in the area where it curves (X).


  Step 4:  Tighten the knot by holding cords 1 and 4 steady in a vertical position.

Then tighten cords 2 and 3 until the knot is firm.


Step 5:  Mentally re-number the cords in their new arrangement, since they have moved.

Repeat step 1.


Step 6:  Repeat step 2.

Make sure you identify the curved area of cord 2 marked with the X in this image.


Step 7:  Repeat steps 3 and 4.


Step 8:  Repeat steps 5 - 7 at least two more times if you are practicing the Coyote Trail.

When making something with this technique, you would continue until the size is close to the finished length.  You still have one more knot to tie (next step).

Square Knot

Step 9: To finish the Coyote Trail, use the cords in the 1 and 4 positions to tie a Square Knot around the other two cords. Finish them off in the BACK of the design. 

Cords 2 and 3 can now be used to tie a button knot for a clasp, or to attach a button or bead.


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