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ButterFly Knot

Page history last edited by PBworks 13 years, 4 months ago


Making a ButterFly Knot

For ButterFly Animation click here


Click Thumbnail Pictures for Enlarged View

Take a Round Turn + on palm as

shown.  To look like 3 turns from the top side (2 on bottom). 

Then take the (L)-Left strand and place it between the (C)-Center and

(R)-Right strands, to go to look like next picture thumbnail.

Following the Previous direction,

your knot should look like this.  Then, we want to take the

present (L)-Left strand (that was previously (C)-Center)) and pass it

over both the other strands, so it ends up on (R)-Right.

Pinch the strand you just moved in

between fingers as shown, so as to hook, twist, pull the pinched

strand underneath the other 2 strands.

This is just as you are drawing your

hand thru the 2 turns with the piece of line you pinched between

fingers above; just keep pulling.

Till it stands like this.  (A)

+ (B) are the 'wings of the ButterFly Knot as you Inspect the lacing

This is simply the flip side (A) +

(B) are still the wings, and the true symmetry of the ButterFly Knot

can be seen.  Symmetrical knots are easier to inspect, as you

kinda can check 1 end against the other, and the knot has a balanced

look to the eye.

Making ButterFly w/Larger Loop

To make a larger loop, simply make

the center turn bigger, for this is the one that eventually makes up

the loop.  after running around in a circle and ending up center


As the Left turn moves Center, the

Center (Yellow) becomes Left. 

Then the Yellow jumps right, and

passes thru the other 2 turns; where it will become the loop, after

starting from Center; so Center turn determines the size of the loop.

ButterFly with larger loop, that

started as Center; still has it's clean, symmetrical 'wings'

connecting to the mainline.  Inspection/ instant

identification/familiarity i think is an important knotting step; to

follow the standard TDS (Tie, Dress, Set) format with 'I' (Inspect). 

Simple and symmetrical aids in easy identification, as here.

ButterFly as a


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