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    This single strand sar knot is based on the instructions in the "Harrison Book of Knots". I corrrected one misleading drawing and now show how to finish the knot.
    The star knot is a series of cow hitches tied first around a starting rod and then around previously tied cow hitches. Each cow hitch forms one point to the star
    Step 1 Tie cowhitch around starting rod (dowel, pencil, etc.) leaving 4" tail on right.
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    Step 2 Make small loop and bring Working End Over 1 strand, Under 1, Across, up Under 1, Over 1, Under 1 and through the small loop. This completes the second cow hitch.
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    Step 3 Bring tail over to left.
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    Step 4 Make small loop and bring the WE up through small loop of previous cow hitch. Tie third cow hitch just as you did in step 2 this time you will be going around 2 strands
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    Step 5 repeat Step 4 - this completes the 4th cow hitch.
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    Step 6 Closing the knot adds 2 cow hitches (points) to the knot - make at as large as you want.
    Bring WE from left top right adjacent to starting rod and up through last small loop. Remove rod.
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    Tie fifth cow hitch exactly as before. When you do the last 2 Under 2 sequence go under the small loop as well.
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    Bring WE parallel to adjacent strand fron meft to right through 2 loops.
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    Continue adjacent up through small loop.
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    Over 2, Under 2 and across through 2 loops.
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    Continue up Under 2, Over 2 and under 3 (the 2 stands of the cow hitch and the small loop).
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    Bring tail through the jnot adjacebnt to the WE
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    Tighten knot.
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    Here is a star knot I made to frame a small photograph
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    Too cool. Very nice job. Had to give you some more rep for that.

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    Excellent as always.
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    Too cool! I'm going to use this on my tomahawk!
    About how much cordage will it take to make one of these that is about 1.5" ID? I'll be using buckskin or leather thongs to make it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by your_comforting_company View Post
    Too cool! I'm going to use this on my tomahawk!
    About how much cordage will it take to make one of these that is about 1.5" ID? I'll be using buckskin or leather thongs to make it.
    It is impossible to say from here. It would depend on the size of the thong (width, tickness). I suggest that you find the length needed to make a 2"long test strip and go from there. By the way go long. It is altways better to have cord left over than almost finish a project and not have enough (I speak from experience).
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    Here is the tutorial as it appeared in the now defunct KHWW website. It is taken from the "Harrison Book of Knots". I corrected one misleading drawing and show how to finish the knot. I had to convert a pdf document to jpeg. Please excuse the split images.

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