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
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
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
Make three loops around the center of the coils, and make them somewhat tight.
Step 4: Tying the Loops Around the Outside
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
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
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.
Step 7: Tying the Monkey Together
Next, tie a single fisherman's knot around the center for a body. The extra slack of this you can tie off for a tail. If you do not know the single fisherman's, just tie around the center 3 times and pull the string through for the tail. Now you have the body. For the arms, take the leftover string from tying the head to the legs and tie it into the first step in tying the shoelace, or a crossover knot, and pull the arms out going separate ways. If you do not understand some of this, improvise and it will probably still come out well.