It took Suzanne of Meridian Road hours to tie this gorgeous monkey fist knot, but she figured it out and did it! So can we!
So here's the tutorial, a mix of what Susanne figured out, and Kate's instruction on DIY Project Sailors Knot. Also see the update at the end of this post for an easy tutorial on how to tie a large nautical monkey fist knot!
Kate's monkey fist knot is a small three loop knot. You tie the knot first, very loose, then you insert a round object, a rock, marble or a tennis ball, depending on the size and weight you want. My monkey fist will be a door stop, so it needs to be heavy. I'll either slice a tennis ball, filling it with rocks, or find something else. Then, all you have to do is tighten up the monkey fist knot around the object, pulling one loop taut at a time. To get to this point though, there seems to be only one way.
And that is, to watch this video over and over, and practice! If you have kids, ask them to do it! According to Kate, to learn tying knots is the cheapest entertainment there is. It'll keep the kids out of mischief for hours.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind (from Susanne and Kate):
If you are tying the monkey fist knot using a tennis ball and 1/2 inch rope, you'll need to make 4 loops (see image below). And you should finish with the ends in about the same place. You should end with one end about 12″ long, and another end about 14″ – 16″ long.
To create the doorstop loop, cut the 12″ end down so there’s just enough rope left to tuck the end under the nearest set of the loops. Use scissors to jam the loose end underneath the loops, and tighten around it. For the 14″ end, create a loose "u" shape and tuck the loose end into the closest seam between the loops. Again, use scissors to jam the loose end underneath the loops. You can put a dab of hot glue on it prior to jamming it in, but if you get it under at least two loops, you should have no trouble with it falling out.
Tying a large Monkey Fist Knot with rope over at Heart Maine Home.
Now it's time to start practicing!
Also check out the Top 20 Nautical Rope Crafts Ideas!