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Tying an Adjustable Knot

About this Tip:

Adjustable knots are a great alternative to using clasps in your bracelets or necklaces.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
You need two ends of cord. I’ve used one brown and one blue for the purposes of illustrating this technique. You can use any colors you’d like. Normally, I would use two of the same color.
Step 2:
Cross the brown cord over the blue and wrap 2 times.
Step 3:
Take the end of the brown cord, go back over the 2 loops you made and poke it through the loops.
Step 4:
Pull tight on either side of the knot, but be careful not to pull too tight, you need to be able to slide the knot along the blue cord.
Step 5:
Repeat steps 2-3-4 using the blue cord on the brown.
Step 6:
Now you have a knot you can adjust.

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  1. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Thanks for sharing this technique. I’ve been wanting to learn how to do it and now I can!

  2. Fashion Chick aka SC
    Fashion Chick aka SC says:

    Thanks for the video with this technique! I’ve got to try it.

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    Reet says:

    This is great! Good video and step-by-step instruction !Easy to follow

  4. Pug Mom x 2
    Pug Mom x 2 says:

    Wonderful instructions! Thanks! This knot really works well.

  5. Angel Chick
    Angel Chick says:

    Just the other day I was trying to do this knot and all I accomplished was to get frustrated. Thank you for sharing!

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    POF Chick Nina says:

    Thanks for the easy to understand video. I think I may be able to do this! Yea! Can’t wait to give it a try.

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    Lucia J says:

    wow! looks so easy yet professional when applied to a piece. Thanks for the instructions, will be bookmarking this page.


  8. T Mendenhall
    T Mendenhall says:

    Thanks for the video. I can’t seem to get the silly springs work so I will definately try this. :}

  9. Valerie A
    Valerie A says:

    Thank you so much – I have a piece that has been unfinished over a year because I couldn’t properly execute this technique. This video was the ticket! It clarified a step in which I had misinterpreted the placement of the cord. I am very excited!

  10. Anna C WonderChick
    Anna C WonderChick says:

    Thanks for posting this! I finished a project (finally) that has been sitting around forever.

  11. alohadm57
    alohadm57 says:

    Aloha Ali, Thanks Soooo Much for Sharing the How To-Do This Knot!!! I used To
    Teach a Macrame Class, @ a Crafts Store, Remmember way back when it was
    The in thing to-do? How bout the Macrame Owls?! Anyway this is one knot I didn’t
    Teach, So Much Maholo & Aloha for Teaching Me!!! Diana

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    Muttsfan says:

    It would be helpful to know how long a piece to start with for different projects, for example how long for a necklace that could easily be pulled over the head, or a bracelet of a certain length

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