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Lizard Tail

Lizard Tail

Description: The Lizard Tail is similar to the Chain Sennit in the way it's constructed.  It's also related to the Zipper Sennit.

A series of bights are passed into one another, alternating between two colors.  The position of the working ends and the angle of the bights are important details you need to pay attention to. 

What makes this pattern so unique is the fact that it is not flat like other knotted or braided designs.  It has three surfaces, all of them attractive.  The front is shown in the image above (see last image, which shows all 3 sides).

You can use this design for items like leashes and belts, or as part of plant hanger designs.  A Macrame wreath can be made with this technique, simply by using thick material and linking the ends with additional knots.

Unfortunately, it's difficult to start this design with a loop. It's better to tie the ends together as a closure, or tie additional knots.   A sliding clasp can easily be made with the ends of the two cords.





This design is on the Fusion Knots website.

Click on the link or image to visit.

The video gallery contains tutorials for this and other interesting knotting techniques and designs.


Fusion Knots Website



To practice, you need two cords at least 36 inches long.

When using the Lizard Tail in a project, cut the cords 6 x the finished length you plan to make.

In the images, cord A is light green, and cord B is dark green

Cord A

Step 1: Fold cord A and secure it to your board vertically.

The right portion is the working end, and should contain most of the material. 

The left portion should be long enough to use as a closure.  Usually 12 inches is plenty.


Cord B

Step 2: Place cord B under cord A, then adjust it so the LEFT portion has most of the material.

Bring it on top of cord A and cross right over left.  The working end will now be on the right, next to the working end of the other cord. 


Cord B

Step 3: Make a bight with the working end of cord B.  Pass it into the folded area of cord A under - over

It should rest diagonally (arrows).

Make sure it rests to the right of cord A when you are finished (see next image).


Designer's Tip: The working end of the cord most recently used should always rest to the right of the other cord. 


Step 4: Pull the working end of cord A firmly, to tighten the folded area.  The working end of cord B should remain to the right of cord A.

Arrange the knot as shown in this image, with the working ends on the right, and the bight diagonal. The short segments should be vertical.


Cord A

Step 5: Make a bight with the working end of cord A, then pass it into the previous one over - under.

Make sure it rests to the right of cord B when you are done.

Pull the working end of cord B to tighten the previous bight around the new one.


Cord B
  Step 6: Make the next bight with cord B, passing it into the previous one.

Pull the working end of cord A to tighten the previous bight around the new one.

Arrows = direction of sennit (see information below).


Designer's Tip:  Look carefully at the Lizard Tail design.  Note that the bights are made on a diagonal slant from right to left, but the sennit is progressing left to right.

As you continue, it will be easier to hold the sennit as you create it.  This will allow you to straighten the sennit as needed.  


Step 7:  Repeat steps 5 and 6 several times, until the sennit is the length you planned to make.

  Step 8: Determine which cord made the last bight, then pass the other cord straight through it without folding (no bight).

Tighten the last bight firmly.  The material at both ends of the sennit can now be used to make a clasp if one is needed for your project.

Three Surfaces

The Lizard Tail has three surfaces.  The front is the area you have been looking at.  

The left and right sides come to a point, so the area stands upright.


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