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Knotted Napkin Rings

Turk's head, a sailing and scouting knot, gives these napkin rings a "twist."




We used 6-millimeter-thick camping cord. Make the rings on a cardboard tube with a length of rope 9 times the tube's circumference.


  1. Step 1

    Loop cord as shown.

  2. Step 2

    Rotate tube toward you by one-third.

  3. Step 3

    Pull slack end down and out of the way. Push left loop over right. Thread slack end under and then over as shown. Rotate tube toward you by one-third.

  4. Step 4

    Push right loop over to left; thread slack end under, over, and under as shown. Follow rope's pattern a second time (keep to right of initial pattern). Continue until pattern has been woven twice. Remove ring; finish ends by using a needle to sew through the rope just below any frayed ends and tightly wrap thread around rope a couple of times. Sew through several more times to secure. Cut off end of rope just above thread. Singe frayed ends with a lighter to seal. Sew ends to underside.

Martha Stewart Living, July 2005



Reviews (6)

  • roarkmd 1 Mar, 2011

    The scouts use this as a neckercheif slide. Rope like this can be bought at any hardware store.

  • ChocMart 26 Feb, 2011

    My husband has been a merchant marine for over 40 years and has been making knots like these forever. He loves the idea of making this particular knot (called a Turks Head) as napkin rings. He makes them for his grandchildren as bracelets.

  • MonkeyOne 26 Feb, 2011

    For some eason my comment was cut short? I was trying to mention a great websit I have used many times for easy knots. It is Tying It All Together. Also on Youtube.

  • MonkeyOne 26 Feb, 2011

    This is way cool. There is a website

  • pandalady61 26 Feb, 2011

    Try drapery tie back cords better color choice! Take them apart.

  • pg4363 26 Feb, 2011

    Where can you purchase the cord? Cannot find anything appropriate onnline.