Knot of the Week: Crown Knot

by August 17, 2009 08/17/09

Crown Knot 21We continue our look into decorative knots this week with another popular pattern called the Crown Knot.

You’ve probably seen the Crown Knot in keychains and other interesting projects.

Today we’re going to show you how to tie a four-strand Crown Knot, and why it’s a great way to carry paracord.

It isn’t used solely for decorative work however, as it can also be used as a stopper knot to keep a rope from pulling through a hole, and the three-strand Crown knot can form the basis of a back splice.

Using paracord to make a keychain, bracelet or something else you carry daily, will ensure that you always have some readily available in an emergency.

If you remember back to our article on the  Mini Survival Kit, we recommended that in addition to the kit, you also carry some paracord with you.

Crown Knot » Decorative / Stopper

(Strength: 5/Secure: 4/Stability: 5/Difficulty: 4)

Please refer to our  Knot of the Week introduction post for a description of what these ratings mean.

The Crown Knot pattern works by returning the working strands back upon themselves.

Uses:

  • Stopper knot
  • Starting a back splice
  • Decorative knot work
  • Carrying paracord for emergency purposes

Tying Instructions:

We tied this four-strand Crown Knot using a 26″ black length of paracord and a 26″ desert camo length of paracord. We’ve used two different color strands of paracord to simply show the pattern more clearly.

  1. Find the middle of both strands of paracord and halve them
  2. Create an “X” with the two strands of paracord
  3. Take the top most strand and make one turn around the bottom strand
  4. Take the right side bottom strand and bring it over the first loop created by the turn, and over the second
  5. Take the left side bottom strand and bring it over the second loop and under the first
  6. *Please follow along with the photos or the instructions could get awkward*
  7. Tighten each working end individually
  8. Flip the knot you’ve just created over (this side will become your “working side”)
  9. Orient this side so that you have the desert camo paracord coming from the top and bottom and the black from the right and left
  10. *Follow the pattern below*
  11. Right side over, Top down, Left over, Bottom up and tuck under right – tighten
  12. Now you’ll reverse the order of the right and left sides
  13. Left side over, Top down, Right over, Bottom up and tuck under left – tighten
  14. Continue to alternate these two patterns until you reach a desirable length
  15. Tighten each working end one last time
  16. Cut off the ends of the paracord one at a time, leaving about 1/16 of an inch
  17. Burn the ends, and provide pressure while cooling to fuse the melted paracord into the surrounding paracord
  18. A keychain can be threaded through the top section of the Crown Knot for display on a keychain

View the Flickr gallery or YouTube video below and follow along with the steps above!


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AcheronRex
AcheronRex

This is really a crown braid or crown stinnet. the crown knot is tied to end this buildup. when you tie it right, all four strands come up through the middle and you can cut/melt them short. it is a beautiful way to end the braid. To tie the crown knot you make the last layer very loose. take the end of a strand and go under the strand to the right and up through the middle of the square. Going counter clockwise do the same thing until all four strands come up through the middle. tighten the knot by pulling each strand up and dressing the knot as you go. then cut and melt.

David.L
David.L

Nice video & pics, I learned this as a 'square knot', took me a long time to figure out (I was doing a spiral into a square) I wish I'd had a video to learn from at the time.

My problem has been ending the knot, I'll try burning the ends and pushing them inside like you did... once I get a lighter.

Thanks for the cool videos, the J-turn one was really cool, I just need to find a car to practice with!

David

David.L
David.L

Nice video & pics, I learned this as a 'square knot', took me a long time to figure out (I was doing a spiral into a square) I wish I'd had a video to learn from at the time. My problem has been ending the knot, I'll try burning the ends and pushing them inside like you did... once I get a lighter. Thanks for the cool videos, the J-turn one was really cool, I just need to find a car to practice with! David

ITS Admin
ITS Admin

David,

Thank you for the kind words. That sure is the long way around :) If burning the ends doesn't work out for you, try combining the monkey's fist before starting a crown knot. So you'd weave in the second strand of paracord into the monkey fist, and then the leftovers from the monkey's fist make up the last two strands.

Let me know if I can give you more details on this process. It's neat to have a monkey's fist at the end of a crown knot too.

As far as the J-turn, I'm not going to tell you to get a rental car, get their insurance on it and go try it in a deserted parking lot away from any houses ;)

Many may see those kind of driving skills as unnecessary, and you could go your whole life without needing to know them, but then what if you do wind up in situation? Are you glad you learned that skill set? You bet!

~ Bryan

ITS Admin
ITS Admin

David, Thank you for the kind words. That sure is the long way around :) If burning the ends doesn't work out for you, try combining the monkey's fist before starting a crown knot. So you'd weave in the second strand of paracord into the monkey fist, and then the leftovers from the monkey's fist make up the last two strands. Let me know if I can give you more details on this process. It's neat to have a monkey's fist at the end of a crown knot too. As far as the J-turn, I'm not going to tell you to get a rental car, get their insurance on it and go try it in a deserted parking lot away from any houses ;) Many may see those kind of driving skills as unnecessary, and you could go your whole life without needing to know them, but then what if you do wind up in situation? Are you glad you learned that skill set? You bet! ~ Bryan

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