Tuesday, October 02, 2007
Monkey fist bookmark
I've made many of these for friends and family that like to read. A good book deserves a good bookmark. I used CoolGlowStuff! 3/32" cord to make this one. Just slightly smaller than gutted 550 paracord, the glow-in-the-dark cord takes four turns on the monkey fists to cover each side on a 1/2" marble, so I used a 6 foot length of cord. I made one monkey fist, tightened it up, then tie another fist starting right next to the completed one. There should be enough slack to make the fist around two fingers before tightening. Before the final tightening to remove slack, I adjust the second fist so there's a 10.5" space between the fists, this fits most hardback books that I read. Here's a link to a video posted on the Instructables site showing how to tie a monkey fist using a folded bit of coathanger and another example on Animated Knots by Grog. I use my fingers, but this method may help someone get the hang of it.
And here's another bookmark I made using paracord and a Turk's head knot.