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kringle mat

Kringle mat

In this tutorial I demonstrate how to tie the Kringle mat.

This is another neat looking rope mat that you can use to make door mats, coasters or similar projects.

Although it may seem complicated at first, it is actually fairly simple to make. It can be made with a different number of the outside bights. I found that using 5 or 6 loops (shown below) will produce the best result.

This knot is quite well known and it is featured in a few books on decorative knots including The ultimate book of decorative knots.

Another look at the kringle mat made using 6 loops. You can tell it is made using 6 loops by the hexagon in the center.

Another look at the kringle mat made using 6 loops. You can tell it is made using 6 loops by the hexagon in the center.

Usually you will want to at least double the knot to gain a nice look. I also experimented with two colors, which turned out quite well.

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Kringle mat tutorial

Take a piece of rope or cord. I suggest that you tape one end to your working surface, it makes things a bit easier.

We will only be working with one end, the working end.

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Our cord with one end taped up to the table.

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Make a loop, going over the standing end.

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Place your working end under the loop.

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Weave through the loop, over-under-over.

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This will form another loop.

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Go under the loop with your working end.

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And again weave through the loop over-under-over.

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This will create a new loop.

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Go under the loop with your working end.

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Weave through the loop, over-under-over.

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At this point we have formed a total of 4 loops.

We will finish the mat at this point, but you can continue making loops if you so choose.

With your working end go under the loop.

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Now untape your standing end and remove it under the loop. Place it so it goes over the loop (over two).

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Go over the standing end with your working end.

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Weave through the loop where the standing end is. This time we go under-over-under.

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Weave through the bottom loop now, going over-under-over.

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Place your working end next to your standing end.

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Follow your standing end with your working end through the entire knot to double it up.

Voila, a great looking mat!

See the video tutorial for a closer look:

About Markwell

I am a defense science graduate. I like to create beautiful things out of paracord.

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