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Single strand Matthew Walker knot

In this tutorial I demonstrate how to tie the single strand Matthew Walker knot.

We have already covered the multi strand Matthew Walker knot. But what about tying it with a single cord?

This knot was posted a while back by Matthias Agnello who kindly shared a tutorial on it.

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At first it looked a bit messy, but once I tried it I learned the following:

  • it is easy
  • looks great
  • it is fast to make.

So I can only recommend that you try it for yourself!

The knot can be made with any number of passes once you understand the sequence used.

A smaller single strand Matthew Walker knot.

A smaller single strand Matthew Walker knot.

So, let’s see how it is made!

Tutorial

To tie the knot you will need a some cord and a mandrel (a dowel rod or PVC pipe both work well). A lacing needle is very handy to use as well (you can make one yourself).

The first thing I did was secure my cord to the mandrel using a rubber band (not a must, you can just hold the cord).

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The starting setup.

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Go around the mandrel, over the standing end.

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Then around again and under on the right of the standing end.

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Then we go over two.

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And under two on the right of the standing end.

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Then over three.

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And under three.

Basically, we go over a number of cords, then under the same number on the right of the standing end.

You can make as many passes you want this way. Just increase the number by one everytime you go over.

Once you have the number of passes you like, it is time to tighten the knot.

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Start by tightening the standing end by pulling at it at the top. Then pull on the bight (cord) on the left of the standing end. And then the third cord on the left and so on until you reach the working end. At that point pull out the slack out the working end.

Voila! A great looking Matthew Walker knot.

For a final touch, roll it on the table hard to flatten it a bit.

The finished knot.

The finished knot.

The video tutorial is also available:

Enjoy the knot!

About Markwell

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

2 comments

  1. Very nice and very easy!

  2. Indeed, I comp Greg, easy and one of my favourite knots! Thanks for tutorial!

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