Prepare the tips to prevent the cords from
unraveling while you make the Two Tone Planter.
1: Pass each of the7-yarddark
cords through the 2-inch ring,
folding them over the bottom. The
ring should be upright as shown.
Match the ends to balance each cord.
Roll up the
two halves of each cord into one bundle.
This will help you identify the two halves
when you pull on them later on.
Place the 6-yardlight cordson
top of the dark cords.
Fold each one, matching the ends so they
are balanced. Roll the two halves of
each cord into one bundle.
2:Use the 36-inch
cord to make a1.5-inch
Wrapped Knot around the long
Wrap firmly and evenly, so the knot is as
neat as possible.
continued: Starting with the dark
cords, unroll each cord and pull downward
halves at the same time. This
tightens the cords around the ring at the top of
the Two Tone Planter.
Make sure the ends still match and the cords stay
Do the same with the light
Crown Knot and Cage
The top area of the Two Tone Planter features a
Crown knot, which is made with the dark
You can either hold the cords between your knees
or secure them to a board upside
Separate the light and dark colors, then secure
cords with masking tape, so they are out
of your way.
Divide the dark
cords into four groups of 4 cords
that rest next to each other.
Mentally number the groups, starting on
the lower left and moving
Arrange the cords as neatly as possible
while you construct the knot in the steps
4: FOLD the cords in group 1 to
the right so they rest on
top of group 2.
Then pull them back slightly, so there is
some space between the two groups.
5: Fold group 2 to the left,
resting on top of group 3.
Make sure the cords in group 1 remain in
6: Fold group 3 forward, so
they are resting on top of group 4.
7: Fold group 4 to the
right, passing through
the space you created with group 1.
Make sure group 4 passes over
- under group 1, as shown in this
8: Tighten the Crown knot
slowly, pulling on all the cords
in each group until it's square.
Make sure the cords are neatly arranged.
Keep tightening until the knot measures 1-inch
in both directions.
steps 4 - 8 several times.
The knots will stack on top of each other.
Stop when the design measures 4
The rest of the Two Tone Planter will be easier to
make while dangling from the ring at the top.
cord starting at the bottom of the
Wrapped Knot, moving down 1-inch. You can
place a pin to mark the spot or use tape.
Pass it through the other 2-inch ring and attach
it with 3
Half Hitches. The ring should
touch the pin (or tape) when you tighten the first
Repeat this process with the remaining light
11: Select 4 light
cords and use them to tie a
Square Knot below the ring.
It's important to tighten it firmly, so it
rests as close to the ring as possible.
Repeat with the remaining light cords.
12: Mentally number the
cords coming from two knots resting next
to each other. Combine cords 3 - 4
from the left SK with 1 - 2 from the right
Use them to tie a new SK. The bottom
of it should rest 1.5
inches below the knots tied in
Repeat with the remaining light cords.
step 12, alternating the cords
Tie the third row of SK, placing them 1.5
inches below the previous
These knots should line up with the bottom
of the Crown knot. Make adjustments
14: Attach the cords coming
from one SK to the 4-inch ring with 3
Pull each cord as much as possible, so the
SK is touching the ring.
continued: Repeat with the
remaining light cords.
Position the four groups evenly around the ring,
and make sure the rings are level.
15: Attach each of the the
cords to the 4-inch ring with 3
Half Hitches, placing each group of four
between the light cords.
The cords should measure 1.5 inches
between the Crown knot and the ring.
Make sure the cords have tension, so the
Crown knot is balanced inside the ring.
Long Sennits (Posts)
The long sennits, also called posts, form the
middle section of the Two Tone Planter.
16: Each post is made with
2 dark cords, followed by 4 light cords,
then 2 dark cords.
Select those cords now to make the first
Mentally number the dark cords 1 and
2. The light cords should be
numbered 1 - 4.
17: Start with the dark
cords on the left.
Make a Half Hitch with cord 1 (W) onto
cord 2 (H), rotating counter-clockwise.
Tighten the knot as much as possible, so
it rests against the ring.
W = Working cord
H = Holding cord
18: Alternate the
cords by tying the next Half Hitch with
cord 2 (W) onto cord 1 (H), rotating clockwise.
Tighten this knot firmly.
steps 17 and 18 over and over to
create the rest of the sennit.
Tighten each knot firmly, but make sure
they can stretch apart when pulled.
Stop when you have tied 48
Repeat steps 18 and 17 with the
dark cords on the right.
Start with step
18, so the first Half Hitch is
made with cord 2 onto cord 1.
21: Now it's time to use
the light cords to make the center of the
post for your Two Tone Planter.
Tie a Square Knot with cords 1 and 3, onto
cord 2 (filler).
Tighten it firmly while pulling on the
filler, so it's as close to the ring as
22: Tie the next SK witch
cords 2 and 4 onto cord 3 (filler).
Tighten firmly, so the two knots are close
to each other.
Make sure the knot is horizontal, and does
Repeat steps 21
and 22 over and over to complete
the upper post for the Two Tone Planter.
Stop when you have tied 31
Square knots. The last knot you tie
should be with cords 1 - 3.
Organize the 8 cords so there are 4 light cords
between the two pairs of dark cords.
Mentally number them 1 - 8.
24: Pull downward on
the Half Hitch sennits, stretching
them to line up with the last SK made in
Use cords 1 and 8 (dark
cords) to tie a SK around all the
others. It should rest just below
the last SK tied with the light cords
continued: The SK should be
tightened completely, but make sure the light
cords don't overlap too much.
When you're done, it should be about 1-inch
step 17 - 20 to start
the lower post for your Two Tone Planter.
step 22, followed by 21, so the
first SK tied with the light cords is made
with cords 2 - 4.
steps 23 and 24.
steps 16 - 25 with the remaining cords,
creating three more posts.
27: Measure the pot you
will be using in the Two Tone Planter, or
one of similar size.
The length from the top edge to the bottom
edge is called the "pot
height" in the instructions
Measure across the bottom as well (bottom
Arrange two posts (long sennits) in front of you,
resting side by side.
Mentally number the cords from each post (1 - 8).
Tighten the following knots loosely, since you
will need to make adjustments.
29: Combine cords 7 and 8
from the left post with cords 1 and 2 from
the right. Use them to tie a Square
Knot. The fillers are cords 8
distance between this knot and the last
SK in the posts should be 1/2
the pot height.
Pass cord 6
from the left and cord 3 from the right under
cords 7 and 2.
Use them to tie the next SK around the
same filler cords (8 and 1).
Pass cord 5
from the left and cord 4 from the right under
the previous working cords.
Use them tie to tie the next SK around the
steps 28 - 29 with the remaining cords,
connecting all 4 posts.
31: Place the pot inside the
cradle, so the last knot in the posts are
near the top edge.
The third knot you tied in step 29 should
rest close to the half way point between
the top and bottom.
continued: The cords should be
straight in the area between the SK.
Make adjustments to the placement and tension of
the cords as needed, then tighten the SK firmly.
Step 32: Mentally re-number the 8 cords
associated with the triple SK designs you just
steps 28 - 31 using the same
spacing (1/2 pot height).
Measure from the bottom of the third knot
down to the top of the first SK you tie.
The cradle for the Two Tone Planter looks
better if the last SK rests near the lower
edge of the pot.
33: Gather the dark
cords together, making sure they
are organized neatly.
Measure from the last SK tied in the
previous step, moving down 1/2
the bottom width of the
continued: Tie a Wrapped Knot
around the group, using the 36-inch light
cord. The top of it should be at
the point measured.
Do not cut off the two ends of the 36-inch cord
until you complete the next step.
34: Place the pot inside
the cradle of your Two Tone Planter, and
put something inside to give it some
Move the Wrapped knot as close to the
bottom of the pot as possible. Make
sure the last SK tied in the posts are
still resting near the top edge of the
Triple Beaded Fringe
I chose a triple Beaded Fringe for the Two Tone
Planter, but you can create a brushed fringe if
I recommend layering it, so it's not too bulky.
35: Place beads onto the
ends of the light
cords, arrange at least 4 to 6
the bottom of the pot.
Measure carefully, so all the beads are at
the same level.
Tie TIGHT Overhand knots below the beads.
off the extra material yet.
36: Look at the bundle of dark
cords near the bottom of the
Wrapped Knot. Separate the 10 cords
on the outside
of the group. The remaining 6 cords
on the inside
of the bundle are used to make the longest
Attach the beads at least 10 - 12 inches
below the Wrapped knot, then tie Overhand
knots below them.
37: Apply the beads to the
10 cords you separated (outside of
bundle), then tie Overhand knots below
The beads should rest 5 to 6 inches below
the Wrapped knot.
When all the bead are in place, cut off the excess
material close to each Overhand knot.
When using Bonnie Braid or nylon material to make
the Two Tone Planter, you can melt the stub with a
flame, pressing it against the Overhand knot.
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