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diy wednesdays: knot trivet

by Grace Bonney

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.

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