Chinese Knotting: The 6 Cloverleaf Knot


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step 1 step 1:
form 2 loops as in step 1 of the 4 cloverleaf, and pin the result together with a bobby pin
step 2 step 2:
form a third loop and insert it through both of the first 2 loops
step 3 step 3:
form a fourth loop and insert it through the previous 2 loops (2 & 3)
step 4 step 4:
take the free end and insert it through the previous 2 loops (3 & 4)
over the starting end (and the pin), then down through the first petal
step 5 step 5:
take the free end under the starting end (and the pin),
then back through the same 2 loops (3 & 4) in the reverse direction
step 6 step 6:
take the free end and insert it through loop 4
the starting end and the pin will be between loops 4 & 5, pass over those
insert the free end through the top part of loop 5
then take the free end through the second petal
step 7 step 7:
insert the free end through the bottom part of loop 5 (you'll might want to turn the knot over)
under the starting end and pin
then back through the 4th loop
step 8 step 8:
the knot is now done except for the the tightening
it is often useful to leave the pin in place for the first stage of tightening as it helps to provide structure and clues as to what are centre loops and what are petals
tighten in all directions, taking up slack until the centre is tight and there is clear distinction between centre and petals
step 8a step 8a:
taking the pin out, it is helpful to hold the centre of the knot firmly with the fingers of one hand while tightening by pulling on the petals and ends with the other
step 8b step 8b:
the pin can also be inserted into the very centre of the knot to help guide the formation of symmetry as further tightening, slack removal, and petal shaping continues
finished 6 cloverleaf

CLW

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