These easy to make colorful rope toys are great for any size dog. Just scale up or down the diameter of the rope to fit your dog, 1/4" for small dogs or 3/8" for large dogs. Directions given are for a basic toss/tug toy pictured below. Pictured are several variations based on the basic knot that can be created with a little practice and creativity.
Step 1: Finding center of two lengths of rope
Start with two equal lengths of rope, I recommend no shorter than 5' each length. Find the middle of each length by folding the rope in half and lining up the cut ends.
Step 2: Finding Middle of each Rope
After locating the middle of each rope, cross each rope at right angle to other rope.
Step 3: Secure with small Zip Tie
Then use a small zip tie to secure to the two lengths together at the centers.
Step 4: Begin the knot
Lay crossed ropes over fisted hand with thumb extended.
Step 5: Loop around thumb
Loop first rope around thumb and over second rope, using thumb to hold first rope in place (see image)
Step 6: Loop Second Rope
Loop second rope over first rope and go over rope three, using thumb to hold in place.
Step 7: Loop third rope
Loop third rope over second rope and go over forth rope, use thumb to hold third rope in place.
Step 8: Loop fourth rope
Loop fourth rope over third rope and then insert fourth rope into loop created by first rope.
Step 9: Tighten up Loops
Tighten each rope by pulling the tail of each rope.
Step 10: Continue to tighten loops
Pull all ropes tight until a small four section knot is created.
Step 11: Trim off zip tie
Trim off zip tie tail, and place knot with zip tie side facing up.
Step 12: Repeat steps 5-9
Repeat steps 5-9. Loop first rope around thumb and over second rope.
Step 13: Repeat steps 5-9
Repeat steps 5-9. Loop second rope over first rope and over third rope holding in place with thumb.
Step 14: Repeat steps 5-9
Repeat steps 5-9. Loop third rope over second rope and over fourth rope holding in place with thumb.
Step 15: Repeat steps 5-9
Repeat steps 5-9. Loop fourth rope over third rope and feed tail of fourth rope into loop created by first rope.
Step 16: Tighten up all Ropes
Continue to tighten up all ropes pulling together to form a four section tight knot.
Step 17: Tightened Knot
Tightened knot shown here from above and side view.
Step 18: Repeat steps 5 thru 9
5. Loop first rope around thumb & across the top of the second rope .
6. Loop second rope around first rope & across the top of the third rope .
7. Loop third rope around second rope & across the top of the fourth rope .
8. Loop fourth rope around third rope & insert tail end of fourth rope into loop made with first rope .
9. Tigthen up all ropes until a tight four section knot appearsRepeat until only short lengths of each rope remain
Step 19: Repeat steps 5 thru 9 until only short lengths of rope remain
Repeat steps 5 thru 9 until only short lengths of rope remain
Step 20: Tucking in tails & finishing off
Insert hemostats or needle nose pliers into knot grabbing one
rope tail and pulling it threw knot.
Step 21: Continue pulling rope tails threw knot
Continue pulling rope tails threw knot.
Step 22: Trim back all rope tails
Trim back all rope tails
Step 23: Trim away center core of rope
Push back outside braided cover & to expose central core and trim away to reveal leaving only the outer nylon cover
Step 24: Melt the exposed nylon rope and push back with side of lighter
Melt the exposed nylon rope and push back with side of lighter
Step 25: Finished Dog Toy
Finished Dog Toy. From two 5' lengths of rope the finished toy will be 6" - 7".