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Cat's Paw Knot Necklace


About this design:

This is an easy knot that really dresses up any pendant. Every time I wear a focal with this knot people always ask about it. This knot is called a Cat's Paw knot.

What you’ll need: (buy products below)

I use 2mm leather cord, I started out with about 2ft and a porcelain ring focal.


Step-by-Step Instructions:

Step 1:
Fold your cord and loop it through the ring.
Step 2:
Then take the two legs of the cord and feed them through the loop and spread them apart.
Step 3:
While keeping the cord spread out in the center, take the ring and rotate it forward through the loop several times.
Step 4:
The pull the two ends tight until the knot forms at the top of the ring.

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Maroon Round Leather Cord 2mm
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  1. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    The Cat’s Paw is a great alternative to the more common Lark’s head knot. Thanks–I wasn’t aware of this one. :)

  2. kye
    kye says:

    This is really cool. Love the focal and how you paired it with such a rich maroon leather cord. I’ve never seen the cat’s paw knot before either. I’m definately going to try it. Thanks for the instructions.

  3. dolllady aka Pam
    dolllady aka Pam says:

    Elaina, thank you for the directions for the cat’s paw knot. I have never heard of it before. I have that same porcelain ring and have been thinking about what to do with it. I like this and will try it.

  4. Beady Little Eyes
    Beady Little Eyes says:

    Elaina – Nice knot. It does look like cats paws. Thanks.

  5. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for the info on how to tie a cat’s paw. I’m sorta familiar with it but don’t remember seeing instructions on how to do it. It certainly adds a extra design element that makes the pendant stand out.

  6. Little Round Chick
    Little Round Chick says:

    Out of curiosity I went to you tube to see how to tie a cats paw knot. I had seen a demo of the technique on there several weeks ago. The ones used for tying fishing line and other applications were so complicated with the instructions that you would really have to pay very close attention to all of the little twists and turns.

    Andrea, your instructions are so simple and straight forward making a cats paw is not complicated. Thank you again for the instructions.

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    Norbel M says:

    Love this knot! So simple with such great results. Wish I knew if this color leather was in stock????? Can you share what color leather you used? Thank you!

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    Norbel M says:

    I got it! It is the maroon. . . . doesn’t look as bright on the spool. Thanks!

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    Norbel M says:

    I could use some help with this. I’m practicing this knot and I am feeling pretty dim right now. I have tried this two different ways at least 10 times and I am not getting the result. I must be doing something, or perhaps everything incorrectly. :) Pic titled Cats Paw 2 is the initial loop and the legs going through it. Cats Paw 3 is what happens if I rotate the ring what I thought was “forward,” picking it up by the green part and running it through the loop front to back and coming back down. So that can’t be right. It simply undoes putting the legs through the loop, right? If by rotating the ring “forward,” I take the ring and rotate it towards me and go through the loop at the back and then back down three times, Pic Cat Paws 4 is the result I get. I must have this all wrong. Can anyone help. . . . Please and Thank you. :)

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  10. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Norbel, it looks very close…how does the back look? I have yet to try it out–I hope someone has an answer for you. Wishing success!
    *Second look: On the first picture, could the left tail be over the cord, when it should be under?

  11. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    See Andrea’s step two & your first picture….?

  12. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    The photo was hard to see so I brighten& enlarged it…see what I mean?

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  13. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    I wish I could delete my posts—you have it right!! :)

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    Norbel M says:

    lololol No worries. I really appreciate your commenting. It did look like it could’ve been over. And the pics were taken quickly without natural light so they’re not great.

    Let me ask you this, Crystal. Looking at the first pic, just the loop with the legs put through. What would you take it to mean when it says “rotate the ring forward”? How do you think you would do that?
    And yes, it is close, but the back, if I remember correctly, looked more like her front. I took it apart. It’s just practice leather. What’s different on mine is that the original loop ends up above the three on each side, do you see what I mean? Instead of just loops on each leg of leather, the last thing is a loop that goes across both legs. I’m thinking I must just be doing something wrong. It seems so simple. . . . but I’m stumped. Also, each time I did it, the knots were really tight, where hers look a little looser. Mine are super tight. Thanks for trying to help! I appreciate it. :)

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    Norbel M says:

    lololol No worries. I really appreciate your commenting. It did look like it could’ve been over. And the pics were taken quickly without natural light so they’re not great.

    Let me ask you this, Crystal. Looking at the first pic, just the loop with the legs put through. What would you take it to mean when it says “rotate the ring forward”? How do you think you would do that?
    And yes, it is close, but the back, if I remember correctly, looked more like her front. I took it apart. It’s just practice leather. What’s different on mine is that the original loop ends up above the three on each side, do you see what I mean? Instead of just loops on each leg of leather, the last thing is a loop that goes across both legs. I’m thinking I must just be doing something wrong. It seems so simple. . . . but I’m stumped. Also, each time I did it, the knots were really tight, where hers look a little looser. Mine are super tight. Thanks for trying to help! I appreciate it. :)

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    Norbel M says:

    Don’t know how I did that!! If an admin can delete one of them, please do. Thanks!

  17. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Norbel, I saw the loop across the top of the ‘legs’ — and that was the only thing that looked different. It’s a busy day for me, but maybe I’ll get some leather out and try to follow the directions and see what happens. Maybe that will help and we can figure out the problem. :)

  18. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Norbel, well, these are my findings: I did not understand the info on rotating the ring thru the loop–it fell apart on me too. I just looked at the picture (step 3) and continued to wrap the cord around that center cross-member piece several times (hope to can see in my photo). Then I gently worked the wrapping tight as I pulled up on the longer pieces. I also got the cross loop on mine when I was finished. So when I looked at the back side – it looked correct. So, two sides–two different looks. When you try it again, just be sure the side you want to show in front is facing down thru this process. I attached my photos for you to see my experience. Hope this helps! :)

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  19. Crystal Canary
    Crystal Canary says:

    Sorry….the pictures loaded backwards….

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