How to Make a Rope Ball

Updated February 21, 2017

Rope weaving allows you to create durable rope objects in a variety of shapes, including a rope ball. The monkey's fist knot is the easiest way to create a rope ball, using three different sets of loops wound around a core to create a tight knot. The monkey's fist can be ornamental or practical, as it is an effective way to add weight to a line, as well as to make a ball of rope.

Wrap the rope around one hand three times, creating three loops in the rope.

Pass the lead end of the rope through middle of the three loops.

Wrap three loops of rope around the first set of loops, leaving you with two different sets of three loops, creating a plus-sign shape.

Pass the loose end of rope through the second set of loops.

Weave the loose end between the first set of loops, around the second set, to create one loop that is wrapped around the second set but within the first set.

Repeat two more times so you have three loops in the final set.

Tie a knot in the end of the rope.

Insert the knot into the middle of all three sets of knots.

Pull the slack through the knot to tighten the loops around the knot and form a rope ball.

Things You'll Need

  • Rope
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