Lover's Knot

UGH! This one was a touch tricky. Mary Brooks Pickens doesn’t think so, stating “…it can be tied with ease.” It was not tied with ease. Although I am fully willing to admit that this would probably have been easier if I had used cotton cord with a little grip rather than nylon cording which slid all over the place. Now, to the knot.

Initial layout

Initial layout

The Lovers’ Knot is formed using two cords, each doubled up. Technically, cord 1 (in white) is doubled twice so you have four strands lying next to each other. Cord 2 is doubled up and looped as shown.

The First Knot

The First Knot

If you have laid out the cords as in picture 1, then picture 2 shows you how to complete the first knot. So the end of the cord near my right hand goes under the looped cord on the right To form the pull cords on the left, THAT end of the cord goes under the right strand and the cord 1, then over the looped cord 2 on the left. Slowly pull snug.

Knot 2

Knot 2

Knot 2 is formed with a similar under, over, under. For the second knot, the tail that is now on the left loops under Cord 1. The tail on the right loops under the tail that originated on the left, over Cord 1, then under the loop on the left. Slowly pull snug.

Third knot is the same as knot 1

Third knot is the same as knot 1

Knot 3 is created by following the same pathways as Knot 1. When you’re done, the center of the knot should look like this:

Close enough

Close enough

Now, the little loopy on the above right pic threw me off. I spent at least 20 minutes trying to figure out where they knot in. And as near as I can tell from reading the directions, these just loop behind the knot and get stitched down to hold them in place. I did not have needle and thread, or rather did not feel like getting them, so I tucked them down behind and brought them parallel to cord 1 on both sides. Then knotted the dangly bits with the ends of cord 1. I am also fully willing to admit that I missed something in the written directions and maybe those are knotted back in. But for now, I knotted the ends and got close enough to call it good on the Sadists’ Joy (my name) aka The Lovers’ Knot (WILD’s name).

finished Sadist’s Joy

finished Sadist’s Joy

That was the best I could do. I may try again later. If I manage a better job of it, I will post again with prettier pictures.