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Knotted hubs - a useful twist on a decorative knot!

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as a former squid (navy), i love knots!  i especially like ones that are useful first, decorative second, and both most of all.  these knot "hubs" are simple accessory, multiple-attachment points that can be used singly or in combination to serve a variety of outdoor, indoor and workshop needs.  they are all based on a form of knotting called "crowning."  there are other instructables that do a fine job of explaining the rudiments of crowning, so i'm not going to go into it too much.  this instructable is on a way to use crowning to create multiple-attachment hubs for any variety of uses.  enjoy!
 
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Step 1: Step one - creating a loop

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i've found, at least for me, the easiest way to begin this endeavor is to close up a piece of line into a loop.  you can use any number of knots to create a loop from a line (carrick bend, overhand of two strands, figure eight of two strands, fisherman's bend, etc...).  i prefer a standard matthew walker knot; it's easily consructed, secure and can be undone even after stressed (three tenets of a great knot).  again, this instructable is to create a useful hub for multiple attachments.  there are many great instructables out there on how to tie these bends and knots and i don't want to repeat them.  my purpose is to show something that can be done with them.

i should note that there are more "permanent" ways to create loops using different splicing techniques depending on whether you're using hawser laid rope or core-and-sheath line.  they're harder to undo (pretty well not gonna happen for core-and-sheath line) if you happen to need said line for another purpose at a given moment - and i'm kinda all about modularity and multiple uses when it comes to functional knotting.
lordgarion5147 months ago
Nice. Think I'll try a small one to hang my keys from. I have 3 sets that all hang from a single clip that I snap onto my belt loop. Makes it a tad irritating to flip through them all to find just the one I need.

BTW, many years ago an old boss of mine that was in the Coast Guard showed me a way to loop rope around your hand in such a way that when you threw it it formed Knots every foot or two. Would you by chance know what it is called and how to do it? I would really love to learn to do that one.
montana mindsmith (author)  lordgarion5147 months ago
the trick your coast guard boss did was just to set up a bunch of half hitches, leaving a tail long enough at the beginning such that you can flip the whole thing inside out, essentially, forming a string of overhand knots
yoyology1 year ago
Great instructable! I can already think of several uses for this "hub" system.

I do have one request. Since you specifically recommend the Matthew Walker knot for forming your loop, could you link to a description of that knot? Maybe you should make an instructable on it, since I don't see one in the archives. :-)
montana mindsmith (author)  yoyology1 year ago
here's a pretty good picture-set of how to tie a two stranded matthew walker knot

http://www.atwoodknives.com/home/16390018.php
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