How to Make a Sliding Knot

I just love this necklace finishing technique.  No clasp to buy, and so easy to get the necklace on and off fast.

Knotty the sliding knot says I'm adjustable!

This sliding closure is a row of square knots  knotted around the necklace strands.  It looks neat and tidy yet decorative, and is really simple to execute.  Once you know how to make it, I bet you'll find yourself using it over and over to finish off hemp and corded projects. 

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Instructions for Making a "Square-Knot-Sennit" Sliding Closure

Knot Abbreviations

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How to Make a Square Knot (SK)

Step 1: Before You Add the Closure

Tie a knot on each end of your necklace or bracelet.  These will become the "handles" you pull to tighten the necklace or bracelet.  (Tip! You might want to add a decorative bead before you tie the knots.)

Lay one end of the necklace or bracelet pointing down, and the other end pointing up

Step 2: Set Up the Strands

Lay one end of the necklace or bracelet pointing down, and the other end pointing up (see pic to the left).

Cut a second strand of cording.  A foot should be long enough.  Lay it underneath the two ends of the necklace or bracelet as shown.

 

Now start tying the square knot sennit

Step 3: Start Tying

Now start tying the square knot sennit. You'll use the two ends of your necklace or bracelet as your filler cords.

One completed square knot One completed square knot.
Series of three square knots. Series of three square knots.
On the underside of your square knot sennit, tie a tight overhand knot.

Step 4: Tie Off

On the underside of your square knot sennit, tie a tight overhand knot.

Use some heavy duty glue on the knot and let it dry.

Step 5: Glue and Trim

Use some heavy duty glue on the knot and let it dry.

After the glue is dry, trim the ends of the knotting cord.  Add some more glue to the newly cut ends to prevent unraveling.  Let dry.

 

The Finished Sliding Knot!

The Finished Sliding Knot.

To tighten, pull on the knots.  To loosen, pull on the necklace or bracelet.

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