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The square knot (SK) is everywhere in hemp jewelry so this is a definite need-to-know.

Before you can make an SK, you need to know how to make a LHK and a RHK.

Click here to review instructions for making an HK

Step by Step

An SK is simply 2 HK’s: LHK, and a RHK. Unless specified, it doesn’t matter which one you begin with – the important thing is that they alternate. I’m left-handed, so I always start with a LHK, but you can start with whichever you are most comfortable.

  1. Make an HK. In the diagram below (Fig. 4), I started with a LHK.
  2. Take the right knotter (strand #1), and bring it across the two fillers and the left knotter (strands 2, 3, and 4) as shown below, making sure to form a loop at the right. (Fig. 4)
  3. Bring the left knotter (strand 4) over strand 1, under the filler cords (the blue ones), and up through the loop made by strand 1. (Fig. 5)
  4. Tighten and you’re done.

    • The diagrams above illustrate a LSK. To make a RSK, follow the instructions above starting with a RHK instead of a LHK.
    • A sennet (or sinnet) of SK’s produces a flat chain or length. To make your work spiral, make a sennet of HK’s.

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About the Author

Christine Gierer

I'm Christine Gierer and I'm obsessed with making jewelry and teaching others how to do it too. I've been a creative person all my life, and I've done all kinds of things like art, sociology, and counseling. But nothing makes me happier than playing with beads, wires, and tools and sharing my tips and tricks with you. I have two awesome websites where you can find tons of tutorials, courses, and workshops on how to make jewelry and how to sell it online.

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