Stop the ends of your cotton rope from fraying by tying this simple whipping knot. It’s easy, and takes only a few minutes to complete. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how!
Cotton rope is useful for all kinds of crafting projects, but since it is a natural fiber you can not melt the ends to get the rope to stop it from fraying. Whipping knots are very easy to learn even if you have never tied fancy knots before. This method is the best way to finish off the end of a natural rope.
If you are a crocheter or knitter this method can also be used to finish the ties on a ski hat.
- Cotton rope
- Thin twine or cord (can be either natural or synthetic)
Put your newly learned skills to good use with this crochet bag project where the rope reinforces the inside of a shoulder strap.
How to Finish Rope Ends
Fold the end of the thin twine over on itself about 3-4″, like this:
Lay it on top of the cord you want to prevent from fraying out:
Note which direction your natural fiber rope is twisted. You will want to wrap your twine in the opposite direction.
Wrap the twine tightly around the rope 1 to 1 1/2 times the diameter of the rope you are whipping.
It should look similar to this:
Cut the twine and stick the end through the loop that is on top of your rope.
Pull on the opposite end of the twine to tighten the loop.
Keep pulling until the loop is at the center of the wrapped section. Pull both ends of the twine firmly in opposite directions to make sure everything is nice and secure.
Cut the ends of the twine. You can cut off the frayed end of the rope too if you wish.
And that’s it! The end of your rope should be prevented from fraying out now.
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