Weaving To Woo - Lover's Knot
By Jane Patrick
Making knots is an art form in itself and I love to create custom ropes to make beautiful knotted interlacements, both decorative and useful. In many marriage ceremonies, there is a tradition that symbolizes the union of the couple. Two or more ropes are joined together by the couple to signify the intertwining of their lives. This knot is named the True Lover's Knot, and could be used in such a ceremony.
What You'll Need
two colors of linen, pearl cotton, or embroidery floss—I used 16/1 linen in pink and bleached white (16/2 linen would also work)
The Incredible Rope Machine
Make the rope: Generally, you’ll want to add a third more length to your desired rope length, but this also depends on the size of your rope. The bigger in diameter, the more take up. This rope is about 1/16” in diameter and is made up of 36 strands or 6 complete windings. See the video below for instructions.
Make the knot: Tie a loose overhand knot with the pink rope.
Slip the working end of the white rope through the opening in the first knot.
Tie a second overhand knot with the white rope.
Pull on both ropes to tighten.
Now, use the rope to wrap a special gift, surround a beautiful vase of flowers, or even create a special necklace or bracelet.
Handbook of Knots (expanded edition) by Des Pawson has excellent illustrations.