Knot Master. Level.

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Level Four consists of a combination of more difficult, decorative and useful knots. These knots will challenge your knot tying capability and prepare you for the “Knot Master” level. The Turks Head, or '“Woggle'” is probably the most popular because of its use as a neckerchief slide.

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Turks Head

Turks Head knots are often tied around cylindrical objects. To tie a Turks Head around a post of some kind, first tie a basic overhand knot around the object (picture 1). Bring the working end of the rope behind the object (to the left of the overhand knot) and around to the front at the bottom of the object. Then thread it through the overhand knot as in picture 2. Bring the working end back towards the left, over the first strand and under the second strand (picture 3). Now bring the working end behind the object (to the left of the knot) and around to the front at the bottom again, then thread it over-under-over as in picture 4. Now bring the working end behind the object (to the right of the knot) and around to the front at the bottom, and you have completed a single strand Turks Head. If you thread the working end of the rope all the way through the knot again, precisely following the original path, you will have a two strand Turks Head (picture 5). Repeat again for a three strand knot and tighten carefully by starting at the beginning and pulling out some of the slack and working all of the way through. You will probably have to do this a couple of times to get it to the size you want.

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Monkey's Fist

A Monkeys Fist Knot is so named because it looks something like a small bunched fist or paw. It also looks kind of like a volleyball. It’s tied at the end of a rope to serve as a weight, making it easier to throw the line, and also as an ornamental knot. This type of weighted rope was also used as an improvised weapon called a slungshot by sailors.

The knot is usually tied around a small weight, such as a stone, marble or a piece of wood. A thicker line will require a larger object in the center to hold the shape of the knot. Another variation of the Monkeys Fist Knot omits the use of an external object or weight and uses the spare end of the rope which gets tucked back into the knot. This results in a nicer looking knot of lesser weight, minimizing the potential danger of hitting someone with the knot when hauling line.

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Diamond Knot

The Lanyard Knot, also known as the Diamond Knot and Friendship Knot, makes a fixed loop in the middle of a piece of rope.

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Daisy Chain Sinnet

With a Slip Knot you can make a daisy chain or a sinnet knot, useful for shortening a rope or other cable while in use or for storage.  To tie:

  1. Create a loop in the rope. Then pull a bight of the working part through the loop, creating an overhand noose knot.
  2. Pull another bight of the working part through the loop of the previous stitch.
  3. Tighten the stitch to the desired degree by pulling on the both sides of the loop. Adjust the loop by pulling on the working end to keep it a reasonable size.
  4. Repeat steps 2-3 until the rope has been sufficiently shortened.
  5. To lock the sinnet, pass the working end through the final loop.

To restore the rope to its original length, pull the end passed in the last step back through the final loop and pull on the free end. The sinnet will quickly unravel.

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Braid Knot

Like the Daisy Chain (above), this can be used as a decorative “pull” at the end of a rope or string, or as a “friendship braid”, or as a decorative handle, and so on. To tie this knot start by looping the rope around twice in order to create three strands to work with (picture 1). Begin “braiding” the three strands by bringing the bottom strand over the center strand, then bringing the top strand over the new center strand (picture 2). Continue alternating in this way (picture 3) until you have braided as far as you want to go (picture 4). As you are braiding the rope, the end of the rope may become twisted and tangled (which is starting to happen in picture 2). Simply pull the end of the rope out of the tangle periodically (picture 3) to keep it untangled.

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Square Sinnet

The square sinnet uses two strands of cord, like paracord (or plastic / leather lace). You can use the same color or two different colors for a combined finish.

The result is useful as a fob, or terminal end, with a squared shape. If you want to leave a small lace of paracord in the end then you should plan the length before starting the knot. You can use a small rubber band to separate the lace from the rest of the cord.

If you want to install a solid or split ring (for a keychain, etc.) you should also do it before starting the knot.

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Round Sinnet

This is a variation on the square sinnet that produces a cylindrical result instead of a square, with the strands of paracord doing spiral waves. It has a nice look when you combine strands of paracord of different colors. The procedure to create this knot is almost identical to the square sinnet but what you do in every step is slightly different, basically you cross the strands of paracord across the center instead of bending them along straight lines.

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Cobra Stitch

The Cobra Stitch, also known as the Solomon Bar knot is the star of the “flat” knots. It can be used to enhance lanyards, to create fobs, bracelets, belts, straps for bags or pouches, straps for flashlights, etc. This interesting knot can also be used to “store” paracord inside the knot itself in a way that can be easily pulled out in case of need. That is why you often see bracelets or belts tied this way labeled “survival”, meaning you can use them to get to the cord in case of need. Another way to “Be Prepared”.

The Cobra Stitch can be done with a single strand of paracord, with two strands or with three strands depending on the kind of result you want. You can also leave a loop of cord outside of the Cobra Stitch to be used as an attachment point.

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