This could be used in many different ways, with one possibility being a bird feeder and bird bath. A better picture will be available soon. I have found that a spider plant on the top and a purple passion plant look beautiful on this hanger.
The supplies you will need are as follows: 145 yards of variegated or other cord; 1 - 2 1/2" metal or wooden ring. Two saucers, I used 12 and 14 inch clay saucers.
Step 1: Start by wrapping a 2 1/2 inch ring with a 1 yard cord of variegated cord.
Step 2: Cut 12 cords 10 yard long. 2 each of three colors in the variegated yarn and then 6 cords of variegated yarn.
Step 3: Thread the cords into the ring and put ring to center of cords. Tie crown knot with 2 cords of each color alternating colors as you go. Tie 7 inches of these.
Step 4: Divide the cords into groups of six, dividing colors. Tie 12 inches of alternate square knots keeping colors together.
Step 5: Taking a dominate color and leaving about an inch, tie 4 square knots to make a square knot button. You are tying more than normal squares because of the thickness of the cords you are working with.
Step 6: Leaving about an inch tie another square knot button the same as the previous.
Step 7: Using a Lark's Head Knot, add two 1 yard cords to each of the filler cords between the two square knot buttons on each of the four sets of cords, these cords will be use in Step 8; for making the basket to hold a 12" pot saucer. You will be adding 8 - 1 yard cords.
Step 8: Using the cords just added tie 4 Reversing square knots , then tie 2 square knots, with the longest 2 cords added cords using the other added cords as filler cords to hold the Saucer. Trim any ends.
Step 9: Now below the square knot button, using the longer set of two filler cords, tie 7 inches of half knots. In this project I used a different color for each cord.
Step 10: Using the prominent color and leaving about an inch, tie 4 square knots to make a five square knot button.
Step 11: I changed colors again and tie 7" of half knots, going in the opposite direction of the ones above the square knot button.
Step 12: Using a Lark's Head Knot add two 2 yard cords dividing the cords above each of the square knot buttons to attach them.
Step 13: Using the added cords plus the longest cords remaining, using 8 working cords, tie 13 rows or 10" of Interlocking Larks Head Braid. Use all of the shorter cords as filler cords.
Step 14: Using the longest two cords and the rest as filler cords tie 6 Reversing square knots.
Step 15: bring all cords together and tie 6 square knots to form basket to hold 14" saucer. Trim ends and separate and comb if desired.
Alternating Square Knot
Alternating Square Knots can be used to form a basket: Skip 4 inches, tie a row of alternating square knots, skip 3 inches, tie another row of alternating square knots.
To make Crown Knots: The cords are held upside down, and are separated into equal groups, numbered counter clockwise, in this instruction there are four groups. Put one group behind the thumb, this will be group #1. Pick up group #1 and lay over group #2. Drop group #1 as you pick up group # 2. Lay #2 over #3 Drop #2 and pick up #3. Lay over #3 over #4. Drop #3 and pick up #4. Take #4 over the top and put down directly through the hole where your thumb is. Remove your thumb and tighten each group separately. This can be made with any number of groups just follow them around and tighten each group to finish each row.
Half Knot Sennit
With each group of four cords using the center 2 cords as filler cords tie half knots, they twist left or right depending which cord is overlapping. It will automatically twist when the proper number are made.
Interlocking Larks Head Braid
This is similar to the alternating larks head braid only you use four working cords. Above are three pictures, showing the knots loosely and then tightening the knot. Take the right center working cord over the filler cords making a loop to the left and bringing it through to the front, and using the same cord going under the filler cords making a loop to the left and bringing it through. Take the right outer working cord and over the filler cords making a loop to the right and bringing it through to the front, and using the same cord going under the filler cords making a loop to the right and bringing it through. Keep knots close and tight. The center cords cross, make sure the left center cord goes over the right or right crosses left, be consistent.
Lark's Head Knot
This is the most common method of mounting cords. Fold new working cord in half. Place the loop on top of mounting cord and pull ends through the loop. Tighten to complete knot.
Reversing Square Knot
Square Knot Button
To make a Square Knot Button: Tie
three square knots. Then take the filler cords and thread them between the center
of the filler cords at the top above the first square knot. Pull ends until
it forms a ball. Tie a square knot directly under the button to secure it.
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