How to Make a Square Knot Key Chain

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How to Make a Square Knot Key Chain
Finished keychain using one colour of jute. Use two colours for a cool variation.

Making a square knot key chain is a fun, easy and inexpensive project. The technique used here is often referred to as \"macrame\". \nMacrame is a craft that can be used to create an infinite number of items, ranging in difficulty from the very simple to the extremely challenging. However, basically it is simply the art of tying any type of cord into knots, fashioning useful and/or decorative forms.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 6 yards of lightweight cord -- jute or hemp works nicely\n3 beads\n1 key ring\nMasking tape\nScissors

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Instructions

  1. 1

    You'll use this knot to attach the cordage to the key ring. \nCut the cording material into two 3-yard lengths. \nFold both lengths of cord in half and attach them to the key ring by passing the folded ends through the key ring, then pulling the ends of the cords through the folded end loops.\n(Although you will be using two strands of cording and a key ring to make the key chain, the series of four photos following -- using only one strand and a pencil -- will demonstrate how to easily create the Half-Hitch. This is also known as a Larkshead Knot.)

    How to Make a Square Knot Key Chain
    Completed Half-Hitch (Larkshead)
  2. 2

    Make a loop in the centre of the cords.

    How to Make a Square Knot Key Chain
  3. 3

    Pass the loops over the top of the horizontal bar and back under the bar (or key ring, in our case).

    How to Make a Square Knot Key Chain
  4. 4

    Pass the ends of the cords through the loop.

    How to Make a Square Knot Key Chain
  5. 5

    Pull the cords gently to make the knot snug. \n\n\n.

    How to Make a Square Knot Key Chain
  1. 1

    To make a square knot, begin by crossing cord 1 over cords 2 and 3, and then under cord 4.

    How to Make a Square Knot Key Chain
  2. 2

    Bring cord 4 under cords 2 and 3, then up through the loop created by cord 1. Tighten the knot.

    How to Make a Square Knot Key Chain
  3. 3

    Cross cord 1 over cords 2 and 3, then under cord 4.

    How to Make a Square Knot Key Chain
  4. 4

    Bring cord 4 under strands 2 and 3, and then up through the loop created by strand 1. Tighten the knot.

    How to Make a Square Knot Key Chain
  1. 1

    Now, tape the key ring to your working surface (a table top is fine).\nThe key ring will have two strands of cord attached to it by the Half-Hitch, so you will now have four working cords.

  2. 2

    Begin by making four square knots right below the Half-Hitch knot.

  3. 3

    String the first bead. \n(When adding beads, remember that you will be stringing each of them on the two cords in the middle.)

  4. 4

    Make a square knot directly under the bead.

  5. 5

    Add the second bead.

  6. 6

    Make another square knot.

  7. 7

    Add the third bead.

  8. 8

    Make three more square knots.

  9. 9

    Tie all four cords into a large knot.

  10. 10

    Trim the ends of the cords to make them even.

Tips and warnings

  • Beads can be any shape and made of any material that you like. Try seashell beads for an interesting variation.\nChoose a simple pattern for your first project.\nBe sure to purchase cordage specific for your first projects. Then move on to other types of cordage when you've got the knot tying principles well mastered.\nItems like key chains and bracelets are good beginner level projects. Items such as plant hangers or wall hangings are intermediate. Purses, hammocks or chairs would be advanced.
  • This is an addicting hobby.

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