Square knot (decorative)

Friendship knot

Friendship knot
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Friendship knot
Names Friendship knot, Chinese cross knot, Japanese crown knot, Square knot (British usage), Success knot, Rustler's knot, Buckaroo knot.
Category Decorative
Origin China
Related Carrick bend
Typical use Neckerchieves, lanyards and Chinese knotting
ABoK #808, #809, #1032, and #1066

The Friendship knot is a decorative knot which is used to tie neckerchieves, lanyards and in Chinese knotting.

History and use

This is one of the eleven basic knots of traditional Chinese knotting, a craft which began in the Tang and Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD) in China. The Chinese and Japanese names for this knot are based on the shape of the ideogram for the number ten, which is in the shape of a cross. The Ashley Book of Knots, first published in 1944, says: "A decorative Chinese Loop. This is commonly employed as a Lanyard Knot. It is handsome and secure." In recent years, it has become popular with members of the Scout and Guide movements for tying their neckerchieves instead of using a woggle.

See also


  1. Chinese Knotting, Lydia Chen, Echo Craft Books 1981 ISBN 0-8048-1389-2 (p.45)
  2. chineseknotting.org: The Cross Knot
  3. The Ashley Book of Knots, Clifford W. Ashley, Doubleday, New York. ISBN 0-385-04025-3 (#1032)
  4. http://www.baggy.me.uk/knots/friend.htm

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