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Oysterman Knot

Oysterman Knot

Description: The Oysterman Knot, also called the Ashley Stopper Knot, forms an attractive button anywhere on a cord.

Developed in the early 1900s by Clifford W. Ashley, it is a relatively easy decorative knot to make.

Most button knots are easy to tie, but complicated to tighten. Not so with this one, which makes it very appealing for many types of Macrame projects.

To view two Micro-Macrame patterns where this knot is featured, see:

  Counter-Clockwise Loop  

Step 1: You need one cord, at least 12 inches in length, to practice this decorative knot. Secure one end to your board.

Make a counter-clockwise loop with the working end.


  Bight Into Loop  

Step 2: Make a bight with the working end. Pass it into the loop under - over (from below).

Tighten the loop by pulling on the bight.

You can reduce the size of the bight by pulling on the working end, which should remain to your right at all times.


  Pass End Through Bight  

Step 3: Move the working end under the secured end and through the bight, rotating clockwise.

Pass it into the bight over - under (from the top).


  Tighten the Bight First  

Step 4: Tighten the bight first, by pulling on the segment just below the area that's already been tightened (first loop).

Next, pull on the working end to tighten the remainder of the knot.


  Completed Knot  

This is what the completed knot looks like when it's finished (loosely tightened).

When you pull it tight, it's a rounded square and looks like a button knot.


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