Chinese Knot 1

This one stumped me at first. Like truly, I followed the picture in the book, held my hand the way the book showed to, and got nowhere. Until I laid the cord on the table. It was weird how easy it went together once I stopped trying to hold on to all the moving parts. The process in a photo essay:

Three loops

Three loops

Start by laying out three loops. Pay attention to which part of the cord goes over and under each loop. ALL of this is using one length of cord. Note that the part of the cord that makes loop A3 goes under the cord that started loop A1.

Order of threading

Order of threading

The end of the cord, after making loop A3, loops over A2 at point B, under A1 at point C, over A2 at point D and under A1 at point E.

Keep your orientation

Keep your orientation

Keep your orientation through out. The end of the cord that has been threaded through the existing loops will now come up and create loop A4. That same end of the cord will then follow itself over and under the existing loops.

It follows itself

It follows itself

Once the end of the cord has chased it’s own tail over and under the existing loops, it becomes a slow distribution of force, easing tension on each loop gradually closer to the center, until the knot is lying flat. This is not a fast process, taking about 3 minutes, which does not sound long, until you are trying to do it on camera (video is attached).

Slow process

Slow process

Almost there!

Almost there!

As the loops get progressively smaller, it definitely becomes easier to manage by picking it up and manipulating the loops closer together. But with a little patience, you eventually get this:

Picture perfect!

Picture perfect!

And there it is! Picture perfect at last! For the multiple failed attempts on video followed by sweet victory, here’s the Youtube link: