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How to tie sliding adjustable knots for Maori Necklaces

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We sell a lot of Maori necklaces and pendants at Shopenzed.com, 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.
 
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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.

jilleena14 days ago

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

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!

awaylaffin (author)  mary.schnebly.720 days ago
Well done, sounds like you are a professional knotter now. :-)
MaureenC120 days ago

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)  MaureenC120 days ago
Wow, thanks so much, I really appreciate your feedback.
FrogProf4 months ago

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!

Garet7 months ago

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

Does this only work for Maori necklaces?

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.

marnieC4 years ago
Awsome, have always wanted to know how to do this properly,
1arrow244 years ago
I do believe this is called the double fishermans knot!