The josephine knot is my favorite knot ever. I learned it while making a macrame plant hanger at Craftcation 2013 and I have been addicted ever since! You can use it to make bracelets, pretty up straps on bags - all kinds of things.
The josephine knot seems delicate and complicated - but I promise it's super easy to do!
Step 1: What you'll need:
All you need is a pair of scissors and cord. The best cord or string for this is a thicker, more rigid sort. Hemp works great - paracord and nylon are nice too!
Step 2: Cut your lengths and tie them together
Cut two lengths of cord - mine are about 50 inches long. This gives you lots of room to practice with.
Double the cords over so the ends line up. Tie together the top loops.
Step 3: Loop the left cord
Take the left cord and loop it under itself as shown.
Step 4: Overlap the left with the right
Take your right cord and place it over the loop of the left cord.
Step 5: Right under the left
Continuing with the right cord, carry it under the end of the left cord.
Step 6: Over under action
Now comes the tricky part! The photo will explain this much better than I can - we will only be moving the right cord here.
take the right cord and carry it over the left cord that is coming from the knot up top,
the right cord under the next length of the left cord,
the right cord goes over itself,
and then under the last bit of the left cord.
Basically over-under-over-under from left to right. :)
Step 7: Tighten it up!
You can alter where it sits on the cords by tugging and pulling. You'll get the feel for it as you go. :D
Tighten it by pulling the ends. Congrats! You've just completed a josephine knot.