Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Knotorial 08 - The Clinching Hooks (Bracelet)

Another bracelet is finished, this is called the 'Clinching Hooks' because the bright green pattern reminds me of it.

It's an easy technique and won't require lots of cord.

 Used (boiled) paracord for:
~20,5cm (~8 in.) bracelet

~140cm (~4.6 ft.) neon green
~140cm (~4.6 ft.) kelly green

To prevent the bracelet from shrinking, I recommend to put the cords in boiling hot water for a few minutes.
Step 01:


This time I've started with a common Cow Hitch and the second cord through it, because it's a very slim weave.

Step 02:

Use the right inner cord to form a loop around the right outer cord, first behind then over it.

Step 03:

Use the left inner cord and cross it with the right inner cord.


The cord from the loop is always underneath.
Step 04:

Use the outer right cord and pull it between the lower cross, first over then underneath it.

Step 05:

Pull the end from the right outer cord through the loop, from the backside.

Step 06:

Pull the cord all the way through the loop.

 Step 07:

Tighten the loop and knots firmly to get a result as shown in the picture.
Step 08:

Repeat the procedure on the left side, by forming a loop with the inner left cord around the outer left cord.

Step 09:

Cross the inner left cord with the inner right cord.

Make sure that the cord from the loop is always underneath.

Step 10:

Pull the outer left cord through the cross, first over then under it.

Step 11:

Pull the outer left end through the loop.

Step 12:

Pull the cord all the way through the loop.

Step 13:

Tighten the loop and knots firmly to get a result as shown in the picture.

 Repeat Step 02 - Step 13 to continue the pattern until you reached the desired bracelet length.

Don't forget to calculate the finish and the buckle for the length.
Step 14:

To finish the bracelet, use the outer cords to form an Overhead Knot around the remaining inner cords.

Step 15:

Form a second Overhead Knot.

But don't tighten them, because you need them for the finish.

Step 16:

Pull the remaining inner cords through the frontside of the buckle...

Step 17:

...then tighten the Overhand Knots firmly.

 Step 18:

Cut and singe the ends.


You can use a thimble to give it a small pattern.
 Sometimes it looks good to paint the singed ends, I've used a common cd-marker for that.
The finished bracelet.
I hope you enjoyed tying the Clinching Hooks, feel free to post pictures of your results or leave some feedback !

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