diy wednesdays: knot trivet

last month i bought lauren a set of “the family creative workshop” books for her birthday. we’ve been having a blast learning all sorts of new things as we make our way through the incredible variety of projects collected in the volumes. one section we were particularly excited to explore was all about knots, which we’ve long admired both for their usefulness and their beauty. this project is based on a “carrick bend” and is great for creating trivets and placemats, but you could just as easily hang it on your wall to be admired for its decorative charm.

have fun!
derek & lauren

CLICK HERE for the full project after the jump!


here’s what you’ll need:

-14 feet of 1/2” rope for an approximately 8” trivet
(we recommend you play around with different lengths and thicknesses of rope until you find a size and style you like. the cotton rope is great for this project, but we couldn’t resist the nylon rope with its amazing patterns and colors.)

*please bear with us on this one. describing how to tie knots can sound complicated and confusing, but with a little patience and a hard look at the photos, we’re certain you’ll figure it out.

1. lay the rope on your work surface with the longer end trailing off to your right.


2. form a loop with the right (longer) piece as shown.


3. bring the left side of the rope under the center of the loop.


4. pass the left end over the right end and then under the right side of the center loop.


5. continue weaving the left end across the loop, passing it over, then under and finally over the next three rope intersections.


6. weave the long right hand side of the rope back through the loops following the path you’ve created with the left end.


7. pull the length all the way through forming the 4th and final loop, and continue weaving the left end through until you run out of rope.


8. once you’ve finished the weaving process and run out of rope, secure all rows of rope with a needle and thread in a few strategic spots so that the pieces stay close together and won’t unravel.

  1. allidaly says:

    Thank you for the easy to follow instructions! I just made my own

  2. interesting. think would making a fun one as a necklace centerpiece.

  3. Elisa says:

    I can’t wait to try this! Great tutorial! Thank you so much.

  4. Diane says:

    I have made similar items with knots and have used them for under hot pots on the table.

  5. tj says:

    try this!

  6. zeshuregi says:

    its superb good.thanks for sharing…

  7. fahime says:

    i like it.very useful.

  8. Molly says:

    I love this project, but it would be easier for me to see what the demo photos showed if solid color rope had been used instead of the patterned.

  9. diyTRIX says:

    Great tutorial. I recently made a smaller version of this
    as a chunky necklace from ordinary clothesline.

  10. I’ve been always wanting to learn now to do a natucal knot. And this is such a great tutorial. Thank you,

  11. Virginia says:

    Awesome tutorial! I’ve had this on my list of things to make for some time. Just made three of these for my sister’s birthday. Much easier than it appears – you just have to get your hands on it and it makes sense very quickly.

  12. Matt says:

    Very well done tutorial. These can be made from almost any cord, but the better the cord, the better they look :) The most nautical are done using a thick ‘hard laid’ cord. If you want the really rustic, think about 1/4″ manila rope.

  13. Chandra says:

    Anyone try making these as coasters? If so, what thickness/length would you recommend? Thanks!

  14. Erin says:

    I made this with a twisted looking cotton cord and I love it!! Thank you!!

  15. Kumo says:

    Some people have asked about nylon rope melting if used as a trivet. The nylon used to make rope melts at about 435°F (224°C) so it can be used safely to make place mats and coasters. Use your best judgement when it comes to placing excessively hot cookware on it but it shouldn’t pose a problem with most pots and pans.

  16. Solmaz says:

    I’ve always loved to try this out and finally today I found how to do that,thanks for sharing it by details, Solmaz

  17. Solmaz says:

    Thanks for shRing this creative ideas with us


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