Tuesday, October 16, 2007
How to tie a Monkey's Fist Video
I usually use paracord or smaller cordage for knotwork, but this larger 3/8" diameter rope makes it easier for you to see what I'm doing in the video. I used three turns for each side of the knot to cover the 1" ball bearing that I used for the core of the fist. You can use whatever you want for the core: marbles, ball bearings, wooden/cork ball, rubber ball, wad of paper/plastic, a knot at the end of the cord and tucked into the center of the fist, etc.
The number of turns needed depends on the size cord you're using and how large the item you're using for the core is. Remember to gradually tighten the knot as you work the slack out. I went all the way around the knot from the starting point twice for the video, I could have tightened it up again, but didn't to keep the video shorter.
With smaller cord, you may have to work the cord several times to get the slack out. This is necessary to keep the cord from getting twisted/tangled/overlapped and keep the sides even. If you can still see the core after you've started tightening the fist, you probably need to add another turn, so start over. Have patience and you'll get the hang of it.