How to Make a Chinese Sliding Knot: 12 Steps

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How to Make a Chinese Sliding Knot: 12 Steps
How to Make a Chinese Sliding Knot: 12 Steps

The Chinese slip knot has a spiral-based shape. It can be very useful if you want to make necklaces or bracelets. The knot is quite simple, but it can take some practice to improve. Read on to learn how to do it!


Method 1 of 2: Tying the knot

Make a Chinese Sliding Knot Step 1

Step 1. Make a "U" shape

Place a long string in the shape of the letter "U" or a horseshoe so that the ends come together.

Step 2. Place the string in the form of a loose loop

Pull one end over the other, overlapping them by approximately 10 cm. The overlapping ends must be parallel to each other.

Step 3. Make a second loop with the other end of the cord

Bend the tip and bring it in a reverse turn in the current direction. In this step, you don't need to do anything with the inner edge.

Step 4. Join the ends together to form a small loop

Hold the inner end of the cord with the bent portion. You will now be holding three parallel "layers" of the cord at its thickest point. It is important that there is plenty of bead left at the outer end: this is the part that will be used to finish the knot. Pull the end with one hand and press the loops together.

Step 5. Wrap the outer end of the cord around the three "layers"

Pass it over and then under - not the other way around. It can be helpful to use the dominant or more skillful hand.

Step 6. Wrap the cord around the back

Continue wrapping the loose end around the three layers. Do this at least two to three times, until no more string is left or you have covered most of the three layers. Be careful not to tangle over the spiral itself, or you'll end up with a sloppy knot.

Step 7. Pass the end of the cord through the loop at the end of the spiral

You don't need much - the knot is almost done. Still, it is important that there is enough cord so that there is no risk of slipping.

Step 8. Secure the knot

Slide the "coil" over the remaining portion of the loop to secure it. You may need to squeeze the right side of the longest loop with the ring and little fingers of one hand.

Method 2 of 2: Testing and Expanding the Node

Step 1. Slide the finished knot to finish it

Now he will be moving easily. Be careful not to slip it off the free portion of the cord. You can also tie a tight knot at the end of the sliding end. This way, the length of the rope will be adjustable, but the free portion will not suddenly come out of the knot.

Make a Chinese Sliding Knot Step 10

Step 2. Make two slip knots

Turn the cord on the other side and repeat the knot on the intact portion. This will result in two sliding nodes that can be joined or pulled apart as needed, creating a large closed loop. This is a project that many people use when making jewelry.

Step 3. Adjust the cord

Bring the two knots together to loosen the cord and spread them apart to tighten it.

Make a Chinese Sliding Knot Step 12

Step 4. Try making a necklace or bracelet

The slip knot is great for creating simple jewelry that can be tightened and adjusted. Try putting beads or beads on the string before tying the knot.


  • Initially, get a large cord to work freely. It can be difficult to estimate how much will be needed until you get more experience.
  • Practice and don't give up! The Chinese slip knot can take effort until it is consistently done well.
  • In some cases, this node is called a Triple Link Node.

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