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Description: The Slipknot is sometimes called the Overhand Noose.  It's related to the Overhand knot.

In Macrame, it's used to connect cords, and to form other knot designs.  Since it's easy to tie and remove, you can use it to keep a group of cords together to organize them.

There are two ways to tie this knot, and both are shown below.  Also on this page are related techniques.

Tying Option #1


Step 1: Make a loop in the center of a cord, which should be at least 18 inches long.

Cross the left half over the right.



Fold the left half of the cord to make a bight.

Push it through the loop from below, which is under the right side and over the left side.



Tighten the knot by first pulling on the bight.  This will tighten the loop around it. 

Then pull on the left portion of the cord to reduce the size of the bight (on the right in this image).

Tying Option #2

Sometimes a Macrame design requires you to change the knot slightly, so the bight passes through the loop from the top.  


Make the loop at the center, crossing left over right.



Fold the RIGHT half of the cord to form a bight. 

Pass it through the loop from above, which is over the left side and under the right side.

So this is the opposite of the first tying method.


Tighten the loop by pulling on the bight.

Pull the right portion of the cord to reduce the size of the bight.


Related Techniques

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The Overhand Noose can be combined with other knots to make the loop more stable.  It can also be used as a mounting technique.

See Unique Mounting Designs for more details.

Chain Sennit

The Chain Sennit is a vintage technique based on the Slipknot.

You make a series of bights that are linked to form a chain-like design. 

Zipper Sennit

The Zipper Sennit is similar to the Chain Sennit, but you alternate between the two halves of the cord.

The edges have a zigzag shape.

Ashoka Chakra

The Ashoka Chakra is a unique knotted design where a series of Slipknots are attached to a loop.

It's then formed into a circular shape to make a pendant or earrings.

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