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Plafond knot

 
Plafond Knot

Description:  The Plafond knot can be described as a folded square surrounded by a rectangular frame. It mimics decorations seen on the ceilings of temples and palaces.

You can use it as a pendant, for Micro-Macrame earrings, and similar projects.


2018 Update: These instructions now show you how to tie the knot using the traditional method.  Contact me if you need the original page.

 
 
 
To practice the Plafond knot, you need one cord at least 60 inches long.  You will also need a project board and pins. 

Fold the cord in half and secure it at the center, arranged vertically. 


Designer's Tip:  The measurements described below will make the knot very large, which I recommend you do the first time.  Once you've learned the steps, make it again at half the size.


 
Corner A
  Step 1:  Measure the right half of the cord from the center fold to 3 inches.  Place a pin at that point, and mentally label it corner A.

Fold the cord to form a horizontal bight and slide it under the left half of the cordThe fold should be on the left.
 
 
 
Horseshoe

Move the right half of the cord toward the center fold (backward), forming a wide curved area on the right.

Arrange it over both halves of the cord as you move it to the left horizontally.
 


Square

Step 2:  Move the right half of the cord forward and to the right, passing it under both halves of the cord. 

This creates another folded area like the first bight.



Step 2, continued:  The bights and the curved area of the Plafond knot should now look like a horseshoe shape.  Those areas are referred to as the "outer segments" in some of the steps below.

In the center area is a square.  Mentally label the four corners A - D as shown in the image above.  When you weave around the corners in the following steps, leave some space between the curved areas.


 
Corner B

Fold the right half of the cord over the vertical segment between corners B and A.

Pass it under the horizontal segment between corners A and C, arranged vertically.  Pass it over the outer segment of the horseshoe.

Leave some space at corners A and B.

 

Left Half

Step 3:  Move the LEFT half of the cord under the horizontal segment between corners A and C.

Bend it to the right and pass it through the space at corner A, under - over the two segments. 

Pass it under the outer segment of the horseshoe.




Bights

Step 4:  Curve the left half of the cord to the left in front of the outer segment, then pass it over the right half of the cord.

Move it through the bights over - under, heading backward vertically.  Push it as far to the left as possible, so there is space next to corners C and D.



Center Fold

Move the left half of the cord to the right, passing it under both halves horizontally near the center fold.

Adjust the cords at corner B so there is space between the two segments.


 
Corner B

Step 5:  Move the left half of the cord over the outer segment of the horseshoe next to corner B.

Move it through the space at corner B heading right to left, passing under - over the two segments.

 
 
Corner D

Step 6:  Move the left half of the cord to the left diagonally, passing it over both segments at corner D where they cross.

Pass it under the segment to the left of corner D, heading forward vertically.

Adjust corner C to make a space for the next step.


 
Corner C

Step 7:  Move the left half of the cord under the vertical segment between corners D and C.

Pass it through the space at corner C, under - over the two segments.

Pass it over the outer segment of the horseshoe and under the segment in front of it.



Step 8:  Tightening the Plafond Knot is challenging.  You MUST keep the center fold secured at all times, since the rest will become very loose once you get started.   You can see this in the image below.

The center of the knot is tightened first: 

 
 
Step 1

Step 8:  Pull the four segments coming off the square in the center.  They are marked with an X in this image. 

Try to pull them at the same time.  Pull the two ends as well, but NOT the loop at the top.



 
Step 2

Step 9: Pull the segments marked with a 2 in the previous image.  That will tighten the areas adjacent to the square in the center.

Then tighten the remainder gradually.  The best areas to work towards are marked with a 3, since they lead to the ends of the cord.

 
 
Completed Knot

This is the completed Plafond Knot.

 



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