4 sided good luck knot with inset ears variant I have this vague recollection that Lydia Chen hadn't really named the variants in her Chinese Knotting 3 book, they were more like "variant A" and "variant B".

starting a 4 sided good luck knot To start a 4 sided good luck knot, fold your cord in half and put it down, then pull 2 arms out of the side to make a plus (+) shape.

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the Japanese chrysanthemum knotthe good luck knot The good luck knot (吉祥結), a name coined by Lydia Chen who wrote the seminal book Chinese Knotting in both Chinese and English, is based on the crown knot. Usually the crown knot is tied in sequence to create a sinnet, a braid composed of knots. The best static (not animated) instructions I have found on the net for the crown sinnets are by The Boondoggle Man who, unfortunately, calls them the square stitch and the circle stitch.

4 good luck tied with red rope As you can tell from the logo over at The Chinese Knotting Homepage, the good luck knot is one of my favourites.

To the left here started out as an experiment with decorative rope making. I wanted to see if I could duplicate a braided look with twisted rope techniques. The rope side of things worked out (at least to my eyes) but then what to do with it? The good luck knot seemed like a good choice as there is minimal fiddling with the cord during construction for this decorative rope with unknown durability.

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As mentioned in my review of the globe knot book, my bead group wanted to learn some globe knots so I picked 18JBD for it's relative simplicity (facet number) and snazzy appearance. Of course, in order to follow the instructions from the book, one is going to need a tool. Since buying the official tool just to try one knot seems little excessive, I came up with a makeshift tool that should cost pennies to construct.

disposable chopsticksStart with 2 pair of disposable chopsticks. Unwrap. That's it. Don't separate them (we're not eating with these ones, after all).

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Lee Valley Tools is a local hardware/gardening/woodworking store. They don't sell the plants or the wood, but they do sell the tools. They have stores across the country, but somehow it still feels wrong to call it a chain, perhaps because they are still family-owned (I think!).

One of the latest catalogs to arrive in my mailbox has a most striking cover, and here's the story of the beautiful Celtic knot carved lovespoons (via).

Things to see and do

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pink globe knot with 18 facets This one has 18 facets (18JBD). The base bead is less football shaped (kinda pointy towards the poles, vaguely oval/eye shaped in cross section) and more oblate. The best I could do on short notice, but overall I like the resulting globe knot better. The question is do I like it better because of the core bead shape or because of the more facets to the globe? I'm going with the facet idea.

Administrivia: reflecting back on the fortnight or so that I've been blogging, this is the length of post I had envisaged, rather than the multi-page magazine articles I've been writing. I'm thinking this is much more sustainable, not that that's going to stop me from going on and on at some later point. 8)

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pink globe knot with 14 facets The offspring asked for a pink knot. Here is one. This is a globe knot with 14 facets. 14SGZ to be precise. Generally speaking, the more facets, the more I like it, but that's not how you start people off. I actually timed myself this time. From start to where I'm reasonably happy to leave it alone is approximately 40 minutes. The slight football shape to the core bead is bugging me. The next core bead will be more round if I can find one without too much digging.

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12 facet globe knot13 facet globe knot The 12 (left) and 13 (right) facet globes.

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Don Burrhus' globe knot tool Don Burrhus has written (at this point) 3 books and sells kits to go with them. Two are about Turks Head Knots and the most recent is about globe knots. I have all of them, but I'll tackle the Turks Head kit and books more thoroughly at a later date.

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