How to Knot | Four Essential Knots To Learn

Knots are needed for many different types of craft – notably beading, knitting and crochet, and decorative knotting and braiding techniques like macrame. These four basic knots are all you need to get started with learning how to knot.

Half hitch knot
Take one cord and pass the working end under the other cord and behind the starting end to make one half hitch. Make a second loop in the same way passing the working end through the loop between the two half hitches for extra security.half hitch knot
Overhand knot
Cross the tail over the main thread to make a small loop, then pass the tail under the thread and back through the loop. Pull on each end of the thread to tighten the knot. You can manoeuvre the knot into position with a tapestry needle.
overhand knot
Reef (square) knot
This is used to join two cord ends of even thickness and it can be loosened if required by tugging one end back over the knot. Pass the left cord over the right and tuck under, then pass the right cord over the left and under, to bring the cord up through the loop on the left.reef knot square knot
Slip knot
The slip knot is tied so that the working end is adjustable. Make an anticlockwise loop and hold the cord at the cross point (at the bottom) in your left hand. Bring the working cord behind the loop and pull a U-shaped bend through. Pull the short starting end to firm up the knot and the working end to adjust the size of loop.slip knot

If you’d like to learn how to knot and try more knotting techniques, look out for The Knotting & Braiding Bible by Dorothy Wood, publishing later this year. Or, if you’d like to have a go at a simple knotting project, why not try our simple macrame bracelet tutorial? Buy some colourful cotton cord and get knotting!

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