Chinese Knotting: The Chinese Button Knot Method 1

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step 1 step 1:
lace the cord through your fingers with your palm facing up
the midpoint of the knot wil be under your fingers at the back of your hand.
step 2 step 2:
fold each end of the cord over your fingers
the direction is unimportant as long as you are consistent
in this case, the chosen direction is counter-clockwise.
step 3 step 3:
loop each end in a semi-circular fashion.
step 4step 4a step 4:
lace each end under it's respective standing part where they curve over your fingers
at this point you have a Carrick Bend.
step 5 step 5:
each end should again travel in a semi-circle, then be tucked under the knot through to the diamond in the centre
the other landmark to keep in mind is that the working ends must pass the loop that is around your fingers before being tucked under the rest of the knot.
step 6step 6a step 6:
once you have pulled the ends through the diamond which is the bottom of the knot you are done with the first stage of tying
you now have a disk of material resting on your hand
pull on the ends and the loop around your fingers while pushing the edges of the disk towards your hand.
step 7step 8 step 7:
at this point, it is safe to simply pull firmly on the middle loop and the ends
most of your first stage of tightening will be accomplished by this action.
finished button knot with
				       big loop Finished Chinese Button Knot with Big Loop
with a big loop, this finished version of the knot is functionally equivalent to the knot as it would be in sequence with other knots
finished button knot
					  with small loop Finished Chinese Button Knot with Small Loop
there is often a danger of the small loop at the top of the knot getting sucked into the body of the knot and lost
if that happens, just use tweezers or a knitting needle (crochet hook, etc) to fish the loop back out.
finished button knot
					  with no loop Finished Chinese Button Knot with No Loop
or you may want there to be no loop at the top
it's your choice.
finished flattened
					  button knotreverse of the finished flattened button knotstep 7a flat Finished Flattened Chinese Button Knot
Back at step 7 before much tightening had occured, if you then pulled both ends out, a flat version of the Chinese Button Knot is formed


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