This is a simple key-fob. The knot that is used can be confusing at first but as soon as that is mastered, every body can make this fob. If is also used on zips to help to open them.
Because of the need to melt the string, children are not able to make it without adult help.

Take a string of about 70 cm, (2'4") It needs to be a string that melts if you hold it in a flame. If you can not find coloured string, you can take the white string you find in many stores. Fold it as in the picture. The length from the pin till the end of the loop is the length the fob will get when ready. I made it 6 cm (2 1/3").

If you can, you pin the string on the table. If not but you have somebody to help you, let the helper hold the string instead of the pins. If you work alone, pin them to the knee of your jeans, first the safety pin through your jeans, than through the string at the place of the pins, than through your jeans again.
Start now with square knots with the strings around the loop. If you do not remember how to make it, click on the picture of the square knot at the end of this text.

Go on till your strings are nearly gone or till the loop gets the right size. Pull every knot tight and when you get to the end of the row pull on the loop while holding the last knot. If you do knot want more loop, (because the length of the loop is just right and the string all used, do not pull or not as hard.)

In the picture above you see two more variations. For both I used two colours string. To do that, I held the two strings in a flame and when they were melting I pushed them together. This is not strong. Make sure the weak spot will be in a place where the knots take the strain, near the start of your knot work. And do not pull the loop with all your might.

For the one variation I did not do any thing but using two colours of string.
The other variation is even simpler to make. I used again two colours of string but besides I used the turning square knot. Here you do tie the knot every time from the same side. If you click on the picture of the turning square knot, or that the other way round, you see what to do.

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square knot turning square knot the other way round
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©Willeke 2003