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How to Make a Knotted Belt

Sep 17, 2009
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It looks quite elaborate, but the basic knotting pattern is easy to do.

In my travels I purchase things that intrigue me, and make me want to know, “How’d they do that”? This particular belt is one such object. It looks quite elaborate, but the basic knotting pattern is easy to do. In the detail photo, you can see two main “cords”, and two smaller “cords”. These “cords” consist of three smaller cords, which is why this belt looks so complex. To demonstrate, the black cord represent the main “cord”, and the green and orange cord represent the smaller “cords”. I have pinned these to a padded board, which I find makes this process easier to do. Step 1. Cross the two black cords, right over left, as shown. Step 2. Pull the orange cord over the black cord and to the right. Step 3. Pull the green cord over the orange cord, and place it off to the left. Step 4. Bring the orange cord under the right black cord, over the black cord, and under itself-as shown in the arrows. Step 5. Pull this knot closed, and push it tightly up. Step 6. Now, take the green cord, pull it to the left, and lay it over the black cord. Pull it up, and push it…

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  1. Aheinkyi March 15th

    Hi ....
    Thanks a lot. Now I know how to do very nice belt and bracelet. I love to do that. I try to do very nice things for me and my friends.

  2. User avater togorose December 8th

    Just came across this in time to make a belt for my grand-daughter for Christmas. Thank you.

  3. User avater clairezbo September 23rd

    could you just end the belt by stitching across, but let the rest of the cords just hang loose, so you would tie the belt on by the hanging cords???

  4. radmir13 September 23rd

    How do I print this? It comes out blank.
    Thanks, Anne

  5. Jyotsna September 22nd

    A great idea of 'how to make a wonderful knoted belt'. I have to try it again and again, by step by step. Thanks a lot.

  6. User avater KennethDKing September 22nd

    By the way, for those not familiar with my web site, it is:

  7. User avater KennethDKing September 22nd


    First of all, thanks for the kind words--I blush!

    I am reticent to give yardage, as I find that the different diameter cords make up into differing lengths--meaning that a really thick cord will yield less length for a yard, than a thinner cord.

    When approaching a project such as this, I'll buy extra cord, and mark a yard increment with thread on each one I'm weaving with--then when I get to the thread marks, I know for sure what finished length I get per yard of cord.

    When working with cords or ribbons, I find that 8 times the finished length, if I'm estimating before buying yardage, will give sufficient material to do the job.

    As for the question of what to do to fasten it: On the example shown,they sewed all the cord ends together, leaving one of them long enough for a loop--then, they wrapped the stitching with a length of rattail cord to cover all of the raggedy ends and stitching. On the opposit end, they put the loop end through a brass hook before sewing it down.

    You could also make a leather "sleeve" somewhat cone-shaped, and put the ends inside that, and stitch across to close.

    I hope this is all helpful....

  8. sewingpuzzle September 22nd

    I love this idea because it is always so hard to find an appropriate belt. I'm thinking of experimenting with 3-4 times the waist measurement. If the cords are each marked with a thread at intervals according to the waist measurement (i.e. 26" waist, so mark a length of cord every 26 inches before braiding), when it is finished that should give me an idea of how much cord would be needed for future projects.
    As far as buckles go, you can look online, but I went to different thrift stores. Belts go for very little, and while you might not want the belt, the buckles are often different than any you can find in a notions store and often in very good shape.

  9. Bruha September 22nd

    What a great project! As with every other comment, there are
    questions to be answered before one begins: length of strips
    and finishing ideas. Also, I would like to see other projects from the author. If he has a web address or any other means to see his idea.

  10. crocuskate September 22nd

    What a lovely belt, I would like to know the weight/ diameter of the cord used and the method for entwining the thinner cord. Forgive me if the answer to the question seems obvious from the diagram but this is a very new idea to me.
    Thank you so much for the opportunity to ask. I look forward to the making!

  11. Esmarelda September 22nd

    This is a beautiful belt that would be perfect for dress pants of jeans.

    I would like to know how to determine the length of the cords too. Also, how do we get an answer to our questions?

    Love your work Ken!


  12. psookmark September 22nd

    Would really like to know the amount of materials neede to make this belt and how to complete it with a buckle. It looks like a really nice project to complete.

    Thank you

  13. User avater SewJoe September 22nd

    Lots of posts asking about length of cord--anyone answering? I am wondering if the orange and blue cords are longer since they are doing more knotting. Hope to see a post answering these questions soon.

  14. MaryBelz September 22nd

    Kenneth, my dear one! What a delight to see your wonderful work here and to see that you are living in NYC!! I took a number of your marvelous classes when you were teaching at the College of San Mateo and will never forget your kindness, humor and love of design. You are a true delight and genius as a designer and artist. With 2 friends, I visited your studio in San Francisco and, as usual, was amazed by your creativity and charmed by your hospitality.
    I hope all is going well for you and that your talent leads to great success!!
    With every good wish,

  15. User avater vjhyder September 21st

    I love and like everyone else would like to now how to determine the lentgh and type of cord to use and do you add a buckle to it. I would like to make this for my grand daughters for Christmas.

  16. incenselady September 21st

    How do you find answers to these questions. I would like to know about the buckle.
    The belt is really cool

  17. chihuahuabulldog September 21st

    Wonderful diagrams! As everyone else, how do you figure length of raw cords. I sure it varies due to width of cords, but is there a generalization?

  18. User avater Charliejo September 21st

    I'll jump on the bandwagon and would like to know how to figure the amount of material needed for each of the four strands. Also, agree - a great Christmas gift for my granddaughters.

  19. User avater Berniecamp September 21st

    I absolutely love this belt, and I definitely want to make it. My questions are similar to everyone else. How do we determine the amount of cord needed, and I'd like to know what kind of cord works best? Did you attach a buckle? Thanks for the clear, visual instructions.

  20. hemstitch September 21st

    This is an excellent example of how to give directions for something so elegant and intricate as these belts can be. For those of us who are visual learners this is wonderful!I too, would like to know how to calculate the yardage needed for different sizes. Thank you.

  21. TeddieSeeley September 21st

    What I see of the belt is wonderful, but I know this is probably a stupid question but I would like to know how or what do you use for tying or buckling on with?
    Thank you.

  22. User avater Lindy43 September 21st

    I love the belt. What length of each cord is needed for a 26" belt?

  23. User avater sewbtfl September 21st

    Great Belt and I'm glad that now I will be able to make it for my granddaughters for Christmas1

  24. ubermom September 20th

    Thanks for the beautiful example of the corded belt. I am eager to try it. However, what is the proportion or ratio of the lentgth of cording needed to the finished or desired length? Thanks.

  25. Ciarma September 18th

    Ken, you've done it again! I have never met a more creative and inspiring artist than Kenneth King. He is mostly self-taught in the field of fashion, which is why I think he brings the most innovative methods I have seen in my 50+ years of sewing and crafting. Thank you again, Ken, for being who you are!

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