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Barrel Sliding Knot

Learn how to tie a barrel sliding knot. The barrel sliding knot is the chunkier big brother to the simple sliding knot.

How to tie a barrel sliding knot by Make and Fable

In the second of my sneak peeks from my new Macrame EBook, we are looking at the barrel sliding knot! There are a few different methods of making a barrel sliding knot, but this one has become my favourite; its easy to tie and easy to slide open and closed once made and if the material you use melts, you can trim the ends off for a neater finish. It can be used for both bracelets and necklaces: just increase the length to make a necklace!

You will need:

-Cord, I’m using paracord here, but anything 2mm or thicker will work, in waxed cotton, satin or knotting cord.

The barrel sliding knot uses more cord than the simple sliding knot; allow at least 50-75cm.

How to tie a barrel sliding knot

1.Take your length of cord and cross the tails over, creating a loop roughly the size of your bracelet or necklace.

How to tie a barrel sliding knot by Make and Fable

2.Bring the right tail back on itself.

How to tie a barrel sliding knot by Make and Fable

3.Bring the tail down to create a loop.

How to tie a barrel sliding knot by Make and Fable

4.Take the tail underneath all the cords.

How to tie a barrel sliding knot by Make and Fable

5.Wrap around all of the cords three times, working over the loop.

How to tie a barrel sliding knot by Make and Fable

6.Then bring the tail up through the loop.

How to tie a barrel sliding knot by Make and Fable

7.Pull firmly, but so the cord can still move through the knot.

How to tie a barrel sliding knot by Make and Fable

8.Open the bracelet so its just wide enough to get on (tightening the knot will increase the size slightly), then bring the left tail back on itself

How to tie a barrel sliding knot by Make and Fable

9.Bring the tail down in front of the cord right up next to the previous knot.

How to tie a barrel sliding knot by Make and Fable

10.Wrap the tail around all the cords, including itself, working out towards the loop. Then bring the tail up through the loop.

How to tie a barrel sliding knot by Make and Fable

11.Tighten the knot, the two knots will move further apart as you tighten. Neaten both the knots up if needed and make sure they are both firm, but that both cords slide freely. 

How to tie a barrel sliding knot by Make and Fable

12.Trim off the excess and very carefully melt the end to itself, being sure not to catch the main cord. If you are using a cord that doesn’t melt, apply a small amount of glue, then sliding the knot back and forth to prevent it sticking.

This is an excerpt from my brand new digital book, Modern Macrame Jewellery and Accessories. If you want to know when it goes on sale, sign up to my email list!

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How to tie a barrel sliding knot by Make and Fable

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