I answered that question along with all the necessary steps in my first instructable ;) You might want to have a look there.
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look at the book how to make whips by ron edwards it shows very clearly how to start and construct stock whips snake whips and bullwhips I made this whip from it
In the library there is a book. It is the last word in knots and plats.
The Ashley Book Of Knots
Some thing like 7000 knots are listed.