Master The Sliding Knot – Step By Step

Are you struggling with the sliding knot to close your handmade nylon or cotton bracelets, necklaces or ankle bracelets? This simple technique will show you how to master the sliding knot- step by step.

Here is what you need:

  • a cut straw (I used a more stable straw from a drink bottle, however, a softer plastic straw works just fine, too.)
  • an additional cord
nylon cords with straw on wooden table

Step 1

Align the two cords under the straw. The black represents the jewelry endings, the red one will be the sliding knot.

two threads on plastic piece on wooden surface

Step 2

Wrap the right ending of the red string, your intended sliding knot cord, around the straw. Repeat this step 4-5 times.

thread wrapped around plastic piece on wooden surface

Step 3

Put the red string into the straw and push it through the straw ( left to right).

thread wrapped around plastic piece on wooden surface

Step 4

Pull the string all the way through and move the straw in the same direction as the cord. It will look a bit tangled:

thread wrapped around plastic piece on wooden surface, tangled thread

Step 5

Pull evenly on both ends of the red cord until you get a smooth looking knot. Try to pull softer in the beginning, so you are able to correct the cord lining so that you have a smooth looking sliding knot. If you are happy with your result, you can cut the ends of the sliding knot’s cord close to the knot. If you’re using a nylon cord, burn the ends with a lighter. It will take some tries to perfect the sliding knot, but this is by far the simplest technique by far.

sliding knot on wooden surface

I hope you liked this step-by-step tutorial on how to master the sliding knot. If you have any additional questions for me, leave me a comment.

One Reply to “Master The Sliding Knot – Step By Step”

  1. […] need 3 threads: Two for the actual bracelet, one for the Sliding Knot. I always measure the thread for my bracelets with my arm. Here I used a fingertip to elbow length. […]

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