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Pitcher Knot

Pitcher Knot

Description: The Pitcher Knot is an interesting historical knot that is not very well known.

It is sometimes called the Jury Mast Knot, as well as the Bottle Sling. The name comes from the fact it was used to make handles for earthen pitchers and bottles.

As a decorative knot, you could use it to make a pendant, or as part of a Macrame plant hanger. 

Try using it as it was intended; to hang glass bottles as wall or kitchen decorations.

The Masthead Mat Technique and the Maedate knot are very similar, so you may want to practice them, too.

  Three Loops   Step 1: Cut one cord, at least 30 inches long.  Secure one end to your left.

Make 3 counter-clockwise loops, moving from left to right. The crossing points should be at the bottom.

  Move the Loops  

Step 2: Move loop 2 to the left, so it rests partially under loop 1.

Do the same with loop 3, positioning it under loop 2.

Mentally label the six segments A - F as shown.


  Segment C to Right  

Step 3: Segments C and D lead to the ends, and are the only two portions that will be moved in the next two steps.

Form a bight with segment C

Move it right, under segment D, over segment E, and under segment F.  


  Path of Segment D  

Step 4: Make a bight with segment D.

Pass it under segment B and over segment A, as you move it to the left.    



Step 5: To tighten the center, pull Loop 2 upward, and bights C - D sideways

To reduce the size of the bights, pull on the ends.



When using the Pitcher knot to hold a bottle, place the neck of it through the space between the first and second crossed areas, in the center of the knot.

Tighten it firmly, leaving the  bights long, to be used as handles.


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