Double Monkey Fist Knot




This is ABOK (Ashley's Book of Knots) # 2206. Because it has 12 faces as compared to the 6 faces of a traditional Monkey Fist Knot it is sometimes called the double monkey fist knot. This tutorial is an attempt to make clear the confusing single drawing of ABOK 2206.

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Step 1: Introdction Continued

It requires a LOT of twine in the set-up about half of which will be recovered when the knot is tightened. The photo shows the completed lay-out -about 10 feet of paracord.

Step 2: Introdction Continued

Tightened around a 7/8" diameter wooden ball - about 5 1/2" of paracord left over.

Step 3: Circle One

The fist is made up of four circles.

You MUST put in the desired number of turns in each circle before going on to the next circle.

Start at the outside of each circle.

I am only showing two turns in each circle to make the layout easier to see.

In this tutorial the standing end is on the right and the working end is on the right

Circle 1 -. Above photo - Clockwise

Step 4: Circle 2

Circle 2 - Small clockwise loop and then counterclockwise going over, under turns of first circle.

Step 5: Circle 3

Circle 3 - Clockwise - go under, over, over, under the turns of circles one and two. Note: go under standing end.

Step 6: Circle 4

Circle 4 - 180 degree turn over the turns you just went under. Then under, over, under, over, under the turns of the previous three circles.

Slack in this knot must be taken out SLOWLY.

I find it easier to hold the working end and gradually take out the slack towards the standing end. In that way the circles are closing in on themselves.

After a bit of slack has been taken out place the knot over a spherical core. You will have to experiment with the size of the cord you are using and the number of turns you have made.

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8 Discussions


3 years ago

This looks so cool!

Do you have any photos of the rest of the process (tightening the nest of cord around the spherical core)? That's the part I've never really understood. A few more steps describing the details of that process would be SO nice to see. ; )

2 replies

Reply 2 years ago

Here is the tightening process for the 14 face globe knot. The same technique is used to take the slack out of the double monkey fist knot


Reply 3 years ago

Seamster, I do not have photos of the tightening process. It would require too many of them and I do not have the equipment to make a video.

Do NOT try the double monkey fist as a first time project. Go to youtube and watch how to make a monkey fist knot.

Or make a 4 bight 3 lead Turk's Head knot ( which can also serve as a flat mat) and and use that as a base. The tightening process is much easier.

If you are determined to make the double monkey fist make it only two passes as shown in the tutorial. Make the circles as small as possible. Take in the slack and wrap the knot around a marble. The four bights (outer rims) of the knot will all come together as neighboring faces in the finished knot


2 years ago

Asemery, lovely knot! Glad to see you getting your expertise out to a wider audience. Looking forward to more postings.

Ron from Pineapple


3 years ago

Used to make these while in the Navy and even made a few working the tugs. Indispensable when you need that larger line to the pier!

Cool post! Thanks for sharing...


3 years ago

I make these, but I use a marble for the middle. I use leaher boot laces instead of cord. I wrap the leather around the marble. You have to be careful and make sure that the leather laces come out diagonal of each other.


3 years ago

That's pretty cool. I'm not sure what I would use it for but I now have a desire to make it!