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Hello Knot Tyers! ...I have received many requests to put the instructions for the Little Lump Knot on the internet. I have decided to attempt to give it a try!! It took me a year to learn to make this knot and another several years to get it right! I hope these instructions will help you to learn to make this first-rate little knot!!!

...almost any first-rate cord will do to make a Little Lump Knot! You can make the LLK out of many sizes of cord. Here are some of the cords I use:
Hard-laid cotton (#36, #48, #72)
3mm paracord
2mm Marlow
Tarred Seine Line
Bonded Seine Twine
1/16" and 3/32" Yale
...soft cords do not work too well to make the LLK.

...not much hardware is needed to make the Little Lump Knot!!!...just a "thimble/keyring/bead"...(I put the brass bead on just to make the key fob look a little nicer.)

...you don't need too many tools to make the LLK!:
A.) short scraps of cord (for making constrictor knots)
B.) cord!!
C.) "Japanese Marlinespike"
D.) dental floss (waxed)
E.) some type of measuring tape
F.) "self-threading" needles
G.) "thimbles/keyrings/beads"
H.) scissors (large/small)
I.) BIC lighter
J.) notebook (most important!!)
...most of these tools are readily available, but some are "hard-to-find"...I can get some of these items if you can't find them.

Diagram 1
(using 3mm paracord)
...to start the knot, you will need to cut some cord!:
A.) 1 @ 40"
B.) 3 @ 16"
C.) 6 @ 45"
...you will have to melt a "taper" on the 40" and 45" cords to use with the "self-threading" needles. (the 3-16" cords just need to have their tips melted a bit to keep from fraying)...(I have measured these cords a few inches long and when you make your knot, keep a record of the lengths in your notebook!)...

Diagram 2
...these are "self-threading" needles and they work excellent with cords that will melt. I simply melt the ends with a BIC lighter and after letting the melted nylon cool a few seconds I use my fingers to twist a "taper" on the ends...(*I count to three and then put the taper on...I do not burn my fingers while doing this!!...if you burn your fingers, count to four(or five!) before twisting the taper!!)..the process of putting a taper on the end of the 3mm paracord takes just a second and if done properly, you can change cords simply by twisting the needle on and off.

Diagram 3
...using the 1-40" cord and the 3-16" cords find the "center" (as shown)...using a short piece of small scrap cord, make a "constrictor knot" a few inches from the centered cords. (as a knot tyer you will be using the "constrictor knot" constantly!...the instructions for this most useful knot is in almost every knot book!)

Diagram 4
...braid what is called "4-strand plait"...this is a very simple braid that is in most knot books. Make sure the braid is "tensioned" properly so as to look nice!!...the "4-strand plait" will lay naturally in the thimble!!

Diagram 5
...after completing the "4-strand plait", use the dental floss and put on enough half-hitches at the base of the thimble to secure the plait. The dental floss is only temporary and will be removed later.

Diagram 6
...after you have secured the "4-strand plait" with the dental floss, remove the constrictor knots and "comb" the plait out to the dental floss. (...at this point, the dental floss may get a little loose, so it doesn't hurt to put a few more half-hitches on!! (...make sure that the half-hitches are secure!!...you don't want them to be loose!)

Diagram 7
...this is the "core" of the knot...this is how it should look!!

Diagram 8
...at this point you will add the 6-45" cords...lay them symmetrically around the "core" and make a constrictor knot directly over the dental floss. Make the constrictor knot 17" from the ends. (as shown)

Diagram 9
At this point you will be making a "6-strand complex crown plait" (over 2)...keep in mind that there are probably dozens of plaits/braids that you can use for this part of the knot!!...however, some plaits/braids do not allow for the Matthew Walker Knot, which I use on this knot! I make 7 crowns (I remove the constrictor knot after 3 or 4 crowns) and then I add the Matthew Walker Knot...(the LLK can be used for many applications and for making a bell rope for instance, you would use as many crowns as needed!!)...at this point "tensioning" is very important and it has been said that "tensioning" is the most important part of fancy knot tying!...the "complex crown plait" is great for tensioning as the "over 2" scheme enables you to "lock in" the plait so it will not "loosen up" on you!! (some plaits will not "lock in"!!)

Diagram 10
Now you make the (6-strand) Matthew Walker Knot...make it so that the "gap" between the MWK and the crown plait is as small as possible!...you will not be able to get it perfect, but get the "gap" as small as you can!...later there is a little trick to make the "gap" disappear all together!!...as always, make sure the Matthew Walker Knot is tensioned properly!

Diagram 11
...now you will make a "crown knot" (over 1) on top of the MWK.


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