How to Knot a Butterfly by Macrame





Introduction: How to Knot a Butterfly by Macrame

Body and wings are made with the macrame square knot technique, which is also called 'cobra knot' or 'Solomon's knot'; and the head is a 2 strand diamond knot. It is based on the butterfly in JD Lenzen's book: Paracord Critters: Animal Shaped Knots and Ties ( (( I wasn't patient enough waiting for the postman rowing over the ocean with my book in his backpack, lol. I loved the butterfly so much, so I started to experiment. I thought it was knotted like the dragonfly, so I started upside down, and made another lovely butterfly :-D ))

Step 1: Gather Your Stuff:

lighter, spike, scissors, tape measure, and 90 cm paracord (Arctic Camo if you want the same). The spike also can be something pointy like an awl, a big nail, a knitting needle, ... it makes tightening the head and pulling the wings more easy.

Step 2: The First Half Square Knot

The loop under is the middle of the rope, 2 loops start the first half macrame square knot. Tighten so, that the loop under is 7 cm.

Step 3: 2 More Half Square Knots

Add 2 more half square knots (remember to change direction to have non twisting square knots)

Step 4: Square Knot at Bottom

Make the next 2 half square knots at the bottom of the loop.

Step 5: Push Up and Adjust Wings Width

Push that last made square knot up, and wham, you suddenly made wings :-) Dress up till your wings are about 3 cm: loosen last 2 half knots, push some cord in to have a larger wing, and/or pull some out to have a shorter wing.

Step 6: Ends Through Loop

Insert both ends through the loop under, each from a different side

Step 7: Morph Top Loops

Pull out the tiny starting loops evenly, until the bottom loop has disappeared, morphed into 2 wings at the other side.

Step 8: Add a Head

Make a 2 strand diamond knot for the head

Step 9: Cut Antennas

Cut and singe the ends as antennas.

Step 10: Finally

Admire what you've made, or pick up the cord spaghetti and try again; and, of course, you can ask me questions about it too ;-)

Step 11: T-shirt-yarn Variation

you'll only need one 2 cm wide strap of a cotton jersey T-shirt, 70 cm after stretch-curling (remember to cut parallel to the hem band (the bottom seem), and don't use ribbed jersey fabric; or the magical curling by stretching won't work ;-)

so with 70 cm T-yarn: 4.5 cm loop under _ 2 top loops to start _ 3 half square knots under top loops _ 2 half square knots at bottom of loop _ push up _ ends through loop from opposite sides _ pull up tiny top loops _ 2 strand diamond knot as head _ a overhand knot in each antenna _ cut off rather short.



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lol I thought it was done by Paracord but I just seen its Macrame and its funny cause I have no idea what Macrame is lol ShirCraftalot, question is it the same as paracord?

it is made with Paracord 550, Arctic Camo, but the body is knotted with macramé square knots, a kind of knotting technique, also called 'cobra knot' or 'Solomon's knot', I hope this helped you (and I will add it in the tutorial to help others too) ;-)
I added 'macramé' because my mom and I dearly love butterflies, and I love knotting too, so there might follow others in other knot techniques :-D
Thank you for the 'back-up', helping me to improve :-)

Ohh OK. I thought I saw a cobra knot but really wasn't sure. Thank you :-)

I cannot see how to make the 2 strand diamond knot for the head.

there is no picture from this knot in loose state

hi Kite builder, I didn't include how to make the diamond knot, the internet is loaded with it, Google "diamond knot two strand", and you get plenty ;-)
And I'd love to see your result, don't be shy and show off :-D