How to Tie a Monkey Paw Knot

by Lisa Russell

Monkey paw knots are round

colorful monkey's paws courtesy of dennyp on flickr via creativecommons.org, step-by-step photos are courtesy of Indoorclimbing.com

Knot tying is an ancient art and the monkey paw knot is fun to learn. You can learn to tie a monkey knot today. The monkey paw knot, also called a monkey's fist knot is used by climbers to easily transport a lot of rope in one throw. It's also attractive in jewelry. Learn how to tie a monkey knot today.

Step 1

Select a sturdy piece of rope that's at least 10 feet long. Tying a monkey paw knot takes a lot of rope.

Step 2

Wrap the rope around your fist three times and then pull the inside end through the loops.

Step 3

Wrap the rope around the first few loops three times, directly perpendicular to your first three rounds.

Step 4

Pass the end back into the top hole, and through the first set of loops.

Step 5

Now you'll wrap a second set of "inner loops" three times around the inside loops, perpendicular to the ones previously tied

Step 6

Now you can pull the end back and tie the two ends together. If you're making a necklace, make sure that there is enough rope left on each side to fit over the head.

Tips

  • Be sure you use a thick rope or twine, so that the pattern can be seen.

Warnings

  • If you're using this know in climbing, make sure the rope you use is strong enough to hold your weight.

Photo Credits

  • colorful monkey's paws courtesy of dennyp on flickr via creativecommons.org, step-by-step photos are courtesy of Indoorclimbing.com

About the Author

Lisa Russell has been a writer since 1998. She's been published in Rethinking Everything Magazine, Playdate, AERO and Home Educator's Family Times. She has a Bachelor of Science in business marketing management and a professional background in marketing, education, cosmetology and hospitality.