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I will show you how to tie a monkey's fist knot, and what you can make with them. I had aways wanted to know how to make these, and one day someone showed me how. They are really fun to make and whack people with.
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Step 1: Getting the supplies

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You will need string only. My recommendation is shoestring or pea cord. Make sure it is very long, as in 1 to 2 feet.

Step 2: Starting the knot

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First, wrap the string around your hand 3 times. Make sure it is tight, but not too tight. Next, carefully remove the string from your hand, so it is still coiled up.

Step 3: Tying the loops around the center

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Make three loops around the center of the coils, and make them somewhat tight.

Step 4: Tying the loops around the outside

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This step is a little tricky, but I took good pictures. Basically tie 3 times around the part that the picture illustrates.The video shows the completed knot undressed. Watch the second video to see it after it's dressed.

Step 5: Dressing the knot

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To dress the knot, basically make it look like a fist by pulling out all of the extra slack. Now you have a monkey's fist of fury!

Step 6: Making the monkey

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To make the monkey, you will need 4 pieces of string. First tie 3 monkey's fists, and leave a lot of slack coming out both ends. Those will be the feet and the head. You can make two more fists for hands if you want. Next, take the extra slack and tie the two legs to the head. Because you cannot make the monkey exactly like mine, you will have to be a bit creative.
kelsey6782 years ago
Did yours only have one slack line or two? and how did you tie them to the body? This is a cool concept i am just having trouble figuring it out.
sgt.paper7 years ago
this is already bean posteed
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shawa1 pinque4 years ago
u is right
METALBLADE5 years ago
Here's mine. I wanted to make one so I learned how to make a monkey's fist and it's my first ever monkey's fist project. And it has fists! :)
jonathan111 (author)  METALBLADE5 years ago
This is perfect. I'm impressed. :D
 irony in doll form.
Rhonlynn6 years ago
I made one,and my monkey does not have fists, either.
wolfy_90056 years ago
I remember finding one at the park once....a perfectly shaped one about the size of a big fist. My dogs play with it now :)
why is it that you used monkey's fist knots for everything accept for the monkey's actual fists?
Tetris17 years ago
the monkey is awsome but it is very hard to make without any photos
cubemonkey7 years ago
I believe someone already did this instructable on his headphones, but the principal is the same. But I was really looking forward to the monkey. Oh, and good pictures.
mrmucox7 years ago
If you want to make larger Monkey's Fists, you will need to put a spacer in the middle. For example, I like to make mine with 2mm climbing rope, with three turns. A standard marble makes for a great spacer. If you were to use larger rope, you could use a golf ball. Still larger, think mooring ropes, and you can use a baseball. The spacer helps to keep the shape, and keep it from collapsing in on it's self.
gmjhowe7 years ago
good, instructable, but i your missing the what to do with them bit. also i was expecting u to show us how to make the monkey. plus the string u have used makes for hard understanding of the knots
It's funny how your monkey doesn't have fists
thats true.