Description: The Empty Diamond
is a very unique diamond design. I found this
vintage decorative knot in a book written in the
late 1800's. It's not used very often in modern
The reason this diamond is considered empty
is due to the fact that the ends do not pass
through the center in any way. They are
isolated to the top and bottom of the diamond,
creating an open space in the center.
You can also eliminate the cords on the outside
edges of the diamond, which means this design
can be used as a pendant.
The key to successfully making this knot is to
tighten all the Double Half Hitches as much as
possible, so the four edges are as slender as
you can make them.
It's very important to keep the holding
cords flat and arranged neatly.
Make sure you know the difference between holding
cords, and that you know how to tie a Double
Fold five 36-inch cords and secure them to your
board with pins.
These are the pins that will be removed later (Steps 2, 4, 5)
The first holding
cord should be in the center.
I used a different color for instruction purposes
only. In an actual project, it should be the
same color as the others.
Mentally number the working
cords 1 - 4 and 5 - 8 (brown).
Move the ends
of the holding
cord to the right and left.
Make sure they are secured well, and have
Top of Empty Diamond
1: Tie the first clockwise
Half Hitch with cord
4, by passing it over
- underthe holding
cord, and overcord
4 as you pull it to the right.
continued: Tie a second Half Hitch,
placing it to the left of the first.
Push the knots close to the folded area of the
2: Bring cord
4 down, so it rests to the right
of the first holding cord. It now becomes
second holding cord.
Remove the pin at the folded
area of cord 3 - 4.
Tie a clockwise
DHH with it onto both
Removing the pins during specific steps is an
essential part of the Empty Diamond design.
You do this to remove
the slack in the area above the holding
cord, to create the smooth edge on the
Make sure you tighten the knots as much as you
can, and that they rest against
each other without overlapping.
3: Bring cord
3 down and secure it beside
the other holding cords.
2 to tie a DHH, onto all
three holding cords.
Make sure you tighten the knot as much as
Notice how the three holding cords are neatly
arranged. Each time you bring a cord down,
it should rest to the
right of the others.
This way, when you get to the bottom section, you
can reverse the process more easily.
4: Bring cord
2 down with the others and secure
it to the right.
Remove the pin from the folded area of
cord 1 - 2.
1 to tie a DHH onto all
4 holding cords.
Carefully tighten this knot, so the Empty Diamond
will be more attractive when it's finished.
steps 1 - 4 on the right,
attaching working cords 5 - 8 in the same
The Half Hitches should be tied rotatingclockwise.
Push the first knot you tie close to the
first one on the left, at the top
point of the triangle.
Bottom of Empty Diamond
For the top portion of the diamond, you took a
working cord and turned it into a holding cord,
which is considered adding.
Now you will reverse the process, and subtract
one cord in each step.
Move the left
group of holding cords right, towards the
Secure them so they all have tension, and thefirst
holding cord is at the top of the group.
1 is used first, since it's the
last one you used for the top half.
Tie a DHH around the other 4 cords.
Make sure the two Half Hitches are as
close to the ones in the top half as
possible (to cover the corner).
After you are finished, push cord 1 to the
side, and don't use
7: Use cord
2 to tie the next DHH onto the
cords. Then push it off to the side.
Cord 2 is the one at the bottom
of the bundle, furthest from the first
8: Use cord
3 next, which is now at the
bottom. Tie the DHH around the other two
cords. Push cord 3 off to the
9: Use cord
4 to tie a DHH around the first
steps 6 - 9 to make the lower right
portion of the Empty Diamond.
Tie the ends of the holding
cord together. In this
image, I attached the left one to the
right, but you can do the opposite.
12 (optional): Pull the
ends so they rest in the back
of the diamond.
Apply glue to the areas where the cords
exit each knot. When it's dry, cut off the
ends close to the back surface.
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