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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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.

marnieC3 years ago
Awsome, have always wanted to know how to do this properly,
1arrow243 years ago
I do believe this is called the double fishermans knot!

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