Well, I finally got it done! I forgot the beads, but wrote instructions for it either way. I used 3 colors, you can use one, two or three colors. You will need 66 yards of cord, cut 8 - 8 yard cords, with 3 colors I used 4, 2, 2; just so you have 8 cords to thread through the ring. For a total of 68 yards of cord
Step 1: Cut a 2 yard cord (I used the dominate color cord) and start with a 2 inch ring and wrap it with that cord and tie it tightly when the ends meet, with a square knot . The ends will be hidden in the loop. Which will hold it in place.
Step 2: Cut 8 cords 8 yards long, I used 4 dominate, and two each of the colors in the other colors of cord. Fold the 8 cords over ring and Butterfly the 16 cords and fasten each with a rubber band to make working with the long cords easier. Divide the cords into groups of 2 (I kept the colors together on this knot) of each color and make 3 inches of crown knots. The cords left over from the ring will be in the center and not used in the crown knot, if there is any cords left in the center when crown knots are finished cut off the ends, flush with the bottom of the crown knots.
Step 3: Divide the cords in groups of four. With each group of four cords, using the center 2 cords as filler cords tie 5 inches of half knots, they twist left or right depending which cord is overlapping. It will automatically twist when the proper number are made.
Step 4: Tie 6 of alternating square knots keeping colors together (see picture), leaving 1 inch between each knot.
Step 5: Add a bead or make a square knot button. Tie the bead on with a square knot on each end to secure it.
Step 6: Moving down 1 inch, tie 6 more alternating square knots, leaving 1 inch between each knot.
Step 7: Add a bead or make a square knot button. Tie the bead on with a square knot on each end to secure it.
Step 8:Now is the time for your basket for your pot. I always like to go down 5 inches with the cords and tie a Josephine knot, the down 5 inches using different cords and tie another Josephine knot.
Step 9: Then fitting the pot into the hanger and using the 2 longest cords skip about 3 inches and tie 3 square knots around all the other cords. Make sure they are snug.
Step 10:Trim the ends and separate and comb if desired.
Good Knotting!! tses
Alternating Square Knot
Alternating Square Knots can be used by alternating the filler cord and the working cord to make a pattern like the picture above. Skipping down about an inch between knots. This is done with just 4 cords, and I use it also on other things with more cords and to do the pot holder, or tightly for tables and lamps.
Start with the end of the cord and make a figure eight around the thumb and little finger. Butterfly the cord ends leaving 18" free to work with. Grasp the center of the butterfly and slide off your hand. Place a rubber band or a piece of cord around the center to secure it. A gentle pull will release cord as it is needed. HINT: Start from the work and go to the end, so it will not tangle!
This is also called Chinese Crown Knot. TO MAKE CROWN KNOTS: These are made by holding the cords upside down, and separating the cords into 4 equal groups, numbered counter clockwise. 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.
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.
With each group of four cords using the left 2 cords form a loop with the end wrapping around to the back. With other 2 cords go down over the loop and back around and up over and back down and through the top of this cord and through the back. Tighten and shape the knot.
Using the outer cords as working cords and inner cords as the core cords. Place working cord to the left over core cords and under working cord on right. Place working cords on right under core cords and up through loop in left working cord. Place Left working cord over core cords and under Right working cord. Place Right working cord under core cords and through loop in Left working cord. Tighten cords.
Square Knot Button
Tie three square knots. 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. Shown above is a 5 square knot button.
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