THE STAR-KNOT
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Doubled Crown Centre
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Last updated  Oct 27 2015
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The Starknot has long been accepted as one of several knots
considered as "Sine Qua Non" of the knottyers demonstrable skill
set.   It is done here as a six-strand knot which is what I use to end
items like the Chesapeake Lifesaver or, if eight-strand, to end my
shackle pulls, as they are in a much smaller polyester line.


So: To start, take three pieces of whatever line you may want to use
and "middle" them... That is, find the center point of each piece and
run your small fid point through the line.  I will presume you are
using a three-strand "Z" laid rope, so pierce and insert so as to pick
up ONE line on top and TWO lines on the bottom when you run the
second line through,



A better view of the "Under One Over Two" piercings.  [You will find
that using SuperGlue on the end of the line (about 1-1/2") will more
than pay you back in the ease of feeding the line through all the
narrow little passages we will encounter.   I use about 2 quarts of
superglue in a year, more if I have bracelet contracts.]

ALWAYS work over a disposable surface when using superglue as it
will ruin a rug, or a hardwood floor or your marriage... DAMHIKT!


Tighten the center point so all three lines touch, then take any line
and make an underhand loop going to your LEFT (in this case) as
shown.

It MUST be an UNDERHAND loop.  The direction you start with will
determine whether your finished starknot will be left-handed or
right-handed... It matters not a whit which you prefer, but as with so
many things in life, you can't change the direction midway through
or you wind up with a real mess.

I usually work from LEFT to RIGHT when doing the cast loops, so lets
do it MY way, OK?   

Take the next line to the LEFT and make an underhand loop just like
the first, but tuck the end of the line UP and THROUGH the already
made loop.   Continue along for the rest of the lines and when
you've come full circle, tuck the end from the first loop UP and
THROUGH the loop just made.



You will have something looking like "D" to the right.   Just tighten
the lines up a bit to produce something that RESEMBLES the
picture...    Note that this is a LOOSE makeup.  As you progress, you
will naturally begin to make your initial loops and tucks a bit tighter
and use you awl or fid to open lines and spaces, but for now, I
advise you to work loosely so as to take advantage of the glued and
snipped tips of your lines.

You will also note that I am just as verbose in the large picture's
annotations as I am here.  
Sorry... I was born at the Mattell factory.









Here are pictures of some tools and of
my fid...

Note that the awls are  $4 DULL Great Northern
scratch awls with some prettifications added
and
pocket sheaths.  

The other fid is hand-turned work and similar
work is available
HERE from the maker, PeeJay.







E-1 shows that once you've done such a lovely job on sticking the
tails of the lines through the loops of their adjacent brethern, you
now must CROWN those tails over to the RIGHT as shown in the
picture. The line comes UP, OVER to the right and DOWN, then the
next line to the RIGHT repeats the process until eventually you
have all six lines up-over and through the RIGHT-HAND loop.














E2 shows this neatened up and ready for the next step....\


Remember, this is the FIRST time for most of you so don't try getting
things real tight yet.  Work as this is.










F shows the first of the critical round turn tucks.  Get these wrong
and you have a handful of jumbled line.  Get them right and you
STILL have a handful of jumbled line, except now it makes sense.



Take any line, lead it to the LEFT over the line which crosses IT and
back to the LEFT UNDER it's body as shown.   







NOTE in G-1 how the line parallels the line to the LEFT of it...  and
then it goes down and out thru the "Rabbit Hole", which the loop
formed by the line TWO positions from it.   

(OK:  YOU'RE so smart, YOU try concocting verbiage which clearly defines this idiocy...Dare ya!)

(ahem.)












I believe this step is the basis for this sketch...









At this point, due to the inability of my WYSIWIG programme to cope
with more than three things at once, we need to go to the


                                                   
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