Spiral Knot Tutorial




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Last week, I had an email from one on my blog's readers that requested me to show him "How to make decorative ropes" and this picture was attached.
I searched and find some tutorials like this and this video, and after connecting them, finally found the trick and I'm here to share it with you!

*The video did by my brother, Farid Bayan.
*Persian language version of this instructable is available Here.

Step 1: Tools and Materials

  • 4-5 Meter cord: That can be more or less than this length
  • Scissors or blade: to cut the cords

Step 2: Cut Two Cords

Cut two thread of cord, each one with 2 meter length. As I said you can cut more or less.

Step 3: Fold the Cords

Fold the cords, not from middle! If you fold them from middle, too much size of your string will become unusable. Fold the cords asymmetric. For example one side with 4x length.

Step 4: Tie the Cords

How do you tie two simple cord? Like that, so simple, tie this two-thread cords. After this, we will have something like a hook.

Step 5: Tie the Threads

It's time to learn the main trick of this spiral rope!
  1. Now you see 4 cords in bottom of the tie. Put two middle-cords beside of themselves, and two side-cords away.
  2. Bring the left cord to right.
  3. And bring it under the right cord.
  4. Then bring the right cord from under two-middle cords and over the left cord, to left.
  5. Now just pull the right and left cord to complete the first tie.
  6. You learned the trick! Just repeat this process to make more knots and finish the rope.
  7. At the end, you can cut surplus cords to give your rope an arranged look.



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19 Discussions


4 years ago

Great inscrutable! I was truth this was macrame. and there are other knots to be used. why can't I find any macrame instrucables?

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4 years ago on Introduction

What is the thread called that you used in the tutorial? I am looking for that kind..Please let me know where to buy..Thanks..

2 replies

Reply 2 years ago

the type of knot is called the hemp, and yoiu can find it at michaels or jo-anns


Reply 1 year ago

No, I think you mistyped... the type of knot is the "spiral slip knot"... And the type of material/thread/string you used is called "hemp string/cord". Hope this clears up any misunderstandings. And you can find it at Wal-Mart and Hobby Lobby also.


6 years ago on Step 5

Wow! that looks just like a Double Helix DNA strand!!!! Super Cool!!


6 years ago on Introduction

редкая ерунда, у меня бабушка ловчее делает..

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7 years ago on Introduction

Cool! We did it in art class nd dha teecher called it "DNA string"


7 years ago on Introduction

yea, by reversing sides alternately you will in fact get a flat version and going left to right will create spiral in one direction while right to left creates it in the other direction. you can also add more core lines so you can leave out the outer ones every few knots and get little loops in it

Good picture quality and clean thorough instructable! I used to make hemp jewelry and I think I used these knots a lot. I think, if you reverse the directions on the knots it will make the spiral go the opposite direction, and if you alternate directions it will make square knots. I could be wrong though, my memory tends to get foggy. Which with that logic another word for the spiral knot could be the half square knot?

Anyways, great instructable, and good luck in making many more great ones in the future.

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Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

The knot used in survival bracelets is called a cobra weave. different cause you go over and under then over and alternate sides.

I think it is too, but in those you use the same direction of the knot each time so it lays flat. I think Crystalline_Chaos is correct, if you alternate directions you will make it spin...and I think you can switch it and go the other way in mid-stream as well...if you pay attention.

Totally right, as Crystalline said, "if you reverse the directions on the knots, it will make the spiral go the opposite direction".

Just make the knots and the turns will made completely automatic! That means, you don't need to do anything, just you should make knot and your rope will become spiral.