Saturday, September 24, 2011

Gaucho Knots...

Both of these knotted beads are the same Gaucho Knot(3 pass) made with tan 1.4mm nylon cord.  One tied then tightened over a wooden bead, and the other tied then tightened over an old insulin syringe, which was a similar diameter to the wooden bead's hole size, allowing loops of ungutted paracord to fit both.

These knots start with a 5 lead 4 bight turks head knot, which is then made into a 'Gaucho Knot', and after than into a '3 pass Gaucho Knot'.  I gave the knots a brushed on coating of Krazy Glue after working the slack out and tightening them up.






I think I got lost trying a Gaucho knot from a long 4 bight turks head knot, guessing at the overs/unders from tying the shorter versions, making this one with orange tether cord over navy blue paracord, but it still looks good to me...

18 comments:

Jill said...

So simple, but so unique! Well done, as always, Stormdrane!

Munkey6901 said...

SD, those are beautiful knots! As always your work is perfect. I am going to give those a shot with some of my tether cord. Thanks for the inspiration and great blog!

MaG's Blant said...

More Awesome stuff from you SD! Wish I could keep up... I'll be working on the "Snake Knot Lanyard" in the next couple of days.

Dan said...

Those are really handsome! I like the look w/ the SS Delica too - great combo! :)

Anonymous said...

They look good to me, too.
- Bill

hrafn said...

Jill says these are simple.. I can't seem to follow Bud's tutorial very well.

SD, would you be willing to do a video on tying the gaucho?

Stormdrane said...

@hrafn, A quick googling brought up a 'Gaucho Knot' video by JustKnotLT. So after tying the 5 lead 4 bight knot, the video continues into the 'Gaucho Knot'. The video with the tutorial should bring things to a better understanding.

Once you get familiar with the overs/unders and see those 'splitting pairs' as either going over two or under two depending on the sequence, the knot builds quickly.

Take special care to pay attention when going from Up to Down/Down to Up at the edges, making sure that you're working with the very next bight and don't accidentally skip over it, where you'll quickly find something's not right and have to back track to where you messed up, like I do, lol.

Patience helps, have fun with it. ;)

hrafn said...

Yeah I saw that video.. a bit hard to follow.. but I'll get it. I mean I can do the spanish woven ring in my sleep now but had similar issues with it.

Thanks again SD.

Brigid said...

I made my first paracord bracelet following your instructions!

I'll have to try these.

Mark said...

Well now that I have the knot down I am trying to figure out what size syringe you used. What is the diameter of the inside? I am knocking out knots quickly just need something to cover :l-)

Stormdrane said...

@Mark, The insulin syringe I used is about 6mm in diameter, which allows a couple of strands(loop) of ungutted paracord to fit through a knotted bead tighteded around it. Using something that's 4mm in diameter makes a good fit for two strands(loop) of gutted paracord.

Since paracord from different manufacturers can vary a bit in size/diameter, the beads you make may have a tighter/looser fit, depending on what you tie them around...

Mark said...

THANKS!

SKEI said...

Your posts are amazing. I made some of these beads with the help of your how to tie a paracord gaucho knot video. I made an ID lanyard with them, now everyone at my wife's work wants one.

The Angry Dwarf said...

Thanx for the inspiration. I've made a couple of these with the lacrosse sidestring you recommended in another post, using a #10 knitting needle as a mandrel, then brushing them with acrylic sealant. They slide over doubled paracord really well, and the sealant doesn't stick to the aluminum of the needle. It would be easy to use different gauge needles for beads, depending on the project, and a styrofoam block allows you to stick the needle in vertically and allow the beads to dry. I love making these, as it allows me to tie knits without first having something to add them to.
Once again, thanx for the ideas.

Anonymous said...

Having trouble with the 3 pass gaucho can't find suitable video on it

Stormdrane said...

@Anonymous, I haven't put up a video for a 3 pass Gaucho, but there is one that comes up on youtube.

If you've got a handle on the basic Gaucho, raising it to a 3 pass is similar with the over/under pattern, starting with under/over 2 pattern at the start/standing end and then with going to over 3 at the edges of the knot.

The KHWW.net link for the photo tutorial with run list is down with current host/server problems, so I can't reference the tutorial at the moment...

Brett Bauscher said...

SD, Thank you for being so generous with your time and skills. Have you ever used rod varnish to seal your knots?

Thanks, Brett

Stormdrane said...

I haven't used varnish on any knot projects, but know some tyers do, especially to projects that might be exposed to the sun and weather, like decorative work on a boat.

I have used brush on type krazy glue that dries clear, and has held up well with the knotted beads I've used and some of the smaller diameter cord I've tied around things, like pens and flashlight bodies.

One of my blog readers mentioned using Minwax Wood Hardener on some paracord projects, may have been on a walking staff or cane, and they even sent me a bottle to try it out, and I just haven't used it yet, with it still sitting on a shelf in my closet. So, I couldn't say how well it may work...