Tying The Nautical Monkey Fist Knot with Rope

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Want to learn how to tie the knot? The nautical monkey fist rope knot that is!

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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!

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So here's the tutorial, a mix of what Susanne figured out, and Kate's instruction on DIY Project Sailors Knot.

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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.

monkey fist knot doorstop
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.

nautical monkey fist
And to tie a large monkey fist knot with rope, head over to Heart Maine Home!

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Heidiopia said...

Wow!! I'm impressed! I love the look of these. :)

michelle said...

Wow is right!!! I think that I am all thumbs when it comes to something like that, but I am up for the challenge! Will have to put that on my to-do list! Good luck! Can't wait to see how your door stop turns out! Great idea by the way!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Way cool!

Tricia Rose said...

I am so going to do this (one day...) I plan to use a round beach rock inside though - wouldn't that be the simplest? No chance of fluorescent green tennis ball color gleaming through the strands.

Tricia Rose said...

I am so going to do this (one day...) I plan to use a round beach rock inside though - wouldn't that be the simplest? No chance of fluorescent green tennis ball color gleaming through the strands.

beth said...

My hubby made me one of those after I showed him the doorstop from Ballard. No way was he going to let me pay what they wanted for it when he could do one himself! Ours is no where near as tidy as Suzanne's though. Maybe I'll make him do it again. :)
Hope you have a great week!

La Dolfina said...

I bought mine several years ago from William Sonoma Home. I scored an amazing Turks knot last summer at a garage sale. Have you ever seen one before? It's gigantic! Very cool. I'll do a post on it, you'll love it!!!
Have a wonderful week, Maya!
By the way, I wanted to Thank you for having Sea Shell Finery on your sidebar as I visited her etsy store last week and bought several pieces. They were waiting for me when I got back from vacation... and they are stunning. What a talent!

Nikki said...

This is awesome! I must try it for sure.

sealaura said...

I love knots and this is a fun project, I might have to give it a go! would make a nice handmade gift too. Have a happy monday and start to august.

Ann @ makethebestofthings said...

Wonderfulnous! Love the intricate knot and the rope texture, very nice. The Welding Man is making these for me out of 1/4" rope and golf balls in the middle, perfect to put with my sea shells and glass floats. In true man fashion, he wants to do a BIG one now!

Dolly said...

This is so awesome! Thanks for the video and notes on how to make these knots:)

COCOCOZY said...

Oh my...this video is fascinating...makes me want to get some rope and give it a try!


Atticmag said...

It's great to know how to do the knots. I always want to do them in miniature -- they are equally gorgeous on quilted bedspreads. Thanks for stopping by last week. Catching up today (also you may enjoy seeing the doorway frame we have with a nautical rope motif done in cast plaster. Jane F.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Well, this is interesting. I've never heard the term and didn't even know this was something to want...great, another blogging trend I may just have to have:)

Sherri said...

Good luck! I love that knot but I'm not ambitious enough to try it!

Valerie said...

Love the knot! I will be trying this very soon!

Tamerie Shriver said...

We made these at Girl Scout camp with a marble inside. We used leather rather than rope and made a necklace of it. I've wanted to make another for years. Now, I can. Thanks so much for showing me how~

Blessedmom's Simple Home said...

I'm a homeschooling mom, and I see a lesson for my kids here. Thanks for sharing this.

Fearless Nester said...

I have a good friend that makes these for a local marine shop here. They are very practical too, we always carry one in our boat bag. ~Lili

Anonymous said...

do all the loops in a monkey fist have to be the exact same number?

Anonymous said...

this knot is just plain awesome

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