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 Prusik Knot

Prusik Knot

Description:   The Prusik Knot is primarily used in climbing, but it can be used for Macrame as a decorative knot.  It's sometimes called the Triple Sliding Hitch.

It's similar to other hitches, but is wider and has several loops.  It needs to be tied to a holding cord, dowel, or other item that's rectangular.   You can attach it to a round ring if you use very flexible material.

This is a great mounting knot when you need to use as few cords as possible, but want to cover a large area of the dowel or holding cord.

To practice, you need one working cord at least 36 inches long.   You also need a holding cord or dowel.

When using this knot in a Macrame project, add 6 inches to whatever cord length the pattern calls for. 

Step 1:  Secure the holding cord to your board so it's horizontal

Fold the working cord in half and slide it under the holding cord.

Fold Cord

The center should be close to you, with the ends heading towards the back of your board.

The center fold should be no more than 1-inch below the holding cord. 

Move Ends

Step 2:  Move the ends of the working cord towards you, so they pass over the holding cord.


Step 3:  Rotate the ends under the holding cord, heading away from you, passing through the center area.

The next set of loops need to rest in the center area, so move these two loops further apart.  (see next image)

Start 2nd Loops

Step 4:  To start the second set of loops, move the ends towards you again, passing them over the holding cord. 

Tighten the first two loops as you move the ends.

The ends should fit between the first set of loops.

Complete Loops 2

Step 5:  Complete the second set of loops by moving the ends away from you, passing under the holding cord.

Spread the loops to the sides to make room for the third set. (see next image)

Third Set

Step 6:  Make the third set of loops as you did the others:

Bring the ends towards you, over the holding cord, fitting them between the other loops.

Move the ends under the holding cord, heading away from you. 

Ends Under Fold

Step 7:  Move the ends towards you again over the holding cord.  Fit them between the loops, so they are in the center.

Pass them under the center fold of the working cord.

Remove the slack from each loop in the order they were made, working towards the center of the Prusik knot.

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