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Using the Sliding Square Knot

About this Tip:

The sliding square knot is a great way to finish off your cord or twine bracelets. If you're already familiar with a square knot, this video will show you everything you need to tie a sliding square knot.

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Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Clamp down your bracelet so that you can work with the two loose ends.
Step 2:
Line up the two ends and point them in opposite directions, like you see here.
Step 3:
Tie the new cord around your ends with an overhand knot. From there, we'll start with the square knots.

At this point, it's easier to turn your bracelet 90 degrees leaving your knot at the top.
Step 4:
Tie square knot after square knot until it's about an inch long.
Step 5:
Take your two working strands and tie an overhand knot to finish it off.
Step 6:
Trim the excess cord and put a dab of epoxy on the end of the knot.

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  1. LArc Enciel
    LArc Enciel says:

    Thank you. That was pretty easy and informative.

    Is the hemp cord the same size as the one in the video??

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    artful1 says:

    Thanks! Works really well with satin cord and leather, too!

  3. Steve
    Steve says:

    LArc Enciel, yes–the hemp cord shown on this page was the one used in the video.

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    Craftycathy01 says:

    I love this technique. It is so easy and works so well. Thanks!

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    Revsma says:

    Interesting, I’ve never seen a bracelet finished off that way-I like the way it looks. Thanks for the demo!

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    D Killian says:

    Thanks for this tip. I’ve been all-over, looking for instructions on how to do this. Finally, I got it! Thank You!!!!

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    J Goldsmith says:

    I’m excited to see this demo! I bought a bracelet that was finished this way and have been looking for instructions. I’ll definitely be trying this technique. Thanks!

  9. Beadifier
    Beadifier says:

    Yesterday I saw this technique on another website that just had a video. Thank you for having the video and printed step by step directions. Your website is outstanding!

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    H Griffith says:

    I want to print the snake knot, but for some reason I can’t. All would allow me to print was your letter head. It wasted my paper and ink.

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    H Griffith says:

    How can I print the snake knot instructions?

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