Introduction: How to Tie Sliding Adjustable Knots for Maori Necklaces

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We sell a lot of Maori necklaces and pendants at, and many of these bone or greenstone necklaces hang from a tradtional black cord with no knot. 

I supplied this "how to tie a sliding adjustable knot" information to my customers and have received lots of great feedback, so I'm offering it to you here too.

Here you can see a Bone Manaia and alongside it, the end of its cord, showing the sliding knots.  These are great, cos you don't need a clasp and you can make the length of the cord just what you want, meaning you can wear the necklace different ways depending on the clothes you want to wear it with.

Step 1: Step 1

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In the picture, the left hand  (LH) cord is Pink and the right hand (RH) cord is Off-White.  So imagine those are the two ends of your necklace cord.

Take the end of the LH cord and wrap it around the RH cord, looping it back to the left as pictured.  Slide the end of the RH cord over to lie alongside the main part of the pink LH cord.

Step 2: Step 2

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Wrap the end of the pink LH cord around the two cords, looping it towards the left and at least two to three times.

Step 3: Step 3

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Push the end of the LH pink cord underneath those loops and back out the RH end.  Pull tight. 

Congratulations!You have just created your first sliding knot!

Step 4: Step 4

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If needed, pull more of the RH cord through to the left, so you have enough to make another adjustable knot.

Wrap the end of the RH cord around the LH cord, as shown.

Step 5: Step 5

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Wrap that end around the two cords, wrapping towards the right at least 2-3 times.

Step 6: Step 6

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As before, poke the end of the RH cord back towards the left and under the loops.  Pull tight. 

Congratulations, you are all done!  Trim ends if desired.


Shadow58624 made it! (author)2017-06-28


Texalina Girl made it! (author)2016-10-23

The instructions for the slip knots were easy to follow and the pictures certainly helped a lot too. I was able to make myself a new necklace (pictured here) and fix an older one I broke a while back. Thank you and keep the great tips coming!

ellex2 (author)2016-05-17

Thank you, thank you, thank you! Great instructions - now able to wear a pendant I'd given up on because the knot kept coming undone. So simple!

SheriL14 made it! (author)2016-04-07

Thanks so much for your easy-to-follow-, nicely visual instructions. I needed a refresher on tying a sliding knot for a different application--- I made an adjustable hanger for my bird feeder!!! Thanks again!

BetteB4 (author)2016-02-28

I was given my necklace 2 years ago and the slip knot came undone. It has been driving me crazy as I've tried to keep it tied. Now I know how to do it. Your instructions are really simple. THANKS.

Madd Foxx (author)2016-02-14

Thank you so much. Your instructions were terrific.

Renate1 (author)2015-11-17

Awesome! I just found these instructions tonight and have been able to successfully follow them 3 times. I feel so clever right now! Thanks so much for creating this.

hakakj123 (author)2015-11-17

Very interesting blog, looking forward to more wonderful!

jellob3p0 (author)2015-11-14

Thanks so much, trying to make fried marble necklaces as little Christmas gifts but couldn't figure out a good way to tie off the silk cord I'm using. This is perfect! Pictures and instructions are very easy to follow. :)

TracyC6 (author)2015-10-28

Awesome. Did it in 2 minutes! very clear and easy! Thanks!

KwartzKitten (author)2015-10-16

Thanks, this was exactly what I needed!

moonlightmitzi made it! (author)2015-10-02

The instruction was so easy to follow. Thank you for sharing! Now I can wear my double dorje pendant. ^_^

OakleyM1 (author)2015-05-29

Thank you

NatashaD1 (author)2015-05-17

The cord itself is a synthetic material that has been waxed and braided.

NatashaD1 (author)2015-05-17

The cord itself is a synthetic material that has been waxed and braided.

NatashaD1 (author)2015-05-17

I have the same question as Hattie - I have a necklace where the knots will not budge. Any tips on fixing it or do I have to retie it? This necklace means a lot to me so I want to fix it if possible.

hattie.hua.728 (author)2015-03-20

Hello, great instructions! A while ago I used these instructions to make a sliding knot bracelet but it has become jammed. The knot won't budge and and I can't loosen it, do you hve any suggestions for how to fix this? Thanks

gm4 made it! (author)2015-03-13

Super easy!

tracey.l.rymer (author)2015-03-08

Thank you for this information. I bought a bone maori hei metau and the knots came undone. Now I can wear it again.

terry.adams.55 (author)2015-02-18

Best instructions I've found. Thanks for sharing!

nicoleb2 (author)2015-01-19

Thank you for this tutorial, it was exactly what I was looking for. I dont think it took me but a minute to make.

jennifer.s.schubert (author)2015-01-04

Thank you for these directions! A friend who knows I make jewelry asking if I could fix her greenstone necklace cord and I was very pleasantly surprised to find your tutorial. Any chance you'll add a video as well?

vicki.behrens (author)2015-01-01

Thank you! This was very helpful!

kathy.pegel (author)2014-12-24

This was exactly the knot I was looking for and the instructions were very clear

jmintuck (author)2014-11-26

I made this, but no phoyos. This was easy after reading it a couple times.

awaylaffin (author)jmintuck2014-11-26

Well done!

jilleena1 (author)2014-11-20

What great instructions. All knotted up and good to go :) Thanks

mary.schnebly.7 (author)2014-10-17

I just bought 3 pendants with cords and wanted to learn how to do these adjustable knots. I was dreading looking on the internet and trying to figure this out, but your directions were the first search result and were SO easy! I had all 3 (plus a test cord!) done quicker than I dreamed possible! Thank you SO much!

Well done, sounds like you are a professional knotter now. :-)

MaureenC1 (author)2014-11-03

Fantastic! I have been looking at various tutorials for several days now and yours is the first one that a. made sense to me and b. actually worked! Thank you thank you and thank you again!

awaylaffin (author)MaureenC12014-11-04

Wow, thanks so much, I really appreciate your feedback.

FrogProf (author)2014-07-04

I made it (even though I don't have an image to upload). The colored cords help a lot, and your explanations are crystal clear. If anyone got mixed up at Step 2 and wrapped the RH cord instead of the LH cord, that isn't your fault. Thanks for writing this up. I can use it like crazy!

Garet (author)2014-04-24

brilliant, thank you. Finally got around to restringing my greenstone lovely greenstone. Am wearing now.

pewpewlazers (author)2013-02-28

Does this only work for Maori necklaces?

knowack (author)pewpewlazers2014-04-01

It works for all sorts of corded necklaces! I used it to make a closure for a fossil necklace that was made with a leather cord but I've used it on satin corded necklaces as well.

marnieC (author)2010-06-30

Awsome, have always wanted to know how to do this properly,

1arrow24 (author)2010-04-29

I do believe this is called the double fishermans knot!

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Bio: Hi, I'm Lesley from New Zealand. My one claim to fame is showing you how to do a sliding knot. :-)
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