To make a Chinese knot, also called a good luck knot, start with a cross shape, fold the loops over each other, weave the final loop, tighten, repeat all the steps, and adjust the "ears." Making a Chinese knot takes roughly 20 minutes and requires a length of cord, pins and backing.
- Start with a cross shape
Identify the center of the cord, and fold it. Place the cord on a flat surface, pinning the first fold. Fold again partway down each of the hanging cords, and pin in place. The cord should resemble a cross.
- Label the parts
For identification purposes during construction, label the long ends as A. Moving counter-clockwise, the first loop is B, the top loop is C, and the remaining loop is D.
- Start the knot
Fold ends A over B near the center, and pin in place. Fold loop B over A, and pin. Fold loop C over B, and pin. All the loops should be on one side of the cord.
- Weave loop D
Weave loop D over loop C and under ends A, and pin in place. The cord should resemble a square with the ends going up.
- Pull the knot closed
Carefully remove the pins. Pull the loops evenly until the knot is secure in the center.
- Start the second half of the knot
Fold ends A over loop D and secure in place. Fold loop D over ends A and loop C, and secure it with a pin.
- Complete the folds
Fold loop C over loops D and B, and pin. Weave loop B over loop C and under ends A, pinning it in place.
- Tighten the knot
Pull evenly on all four loops until the knot is secure. Adjust the "ears," or ancillary loops, to the desired length.