Soft Carabiner




Introduction: Soft Carabiner

Use this as you would a light weight carabiner to hang or organize items.

The carabiner is opened and closed by pushing the button through the buttonhole.

You will need a small diameter dowel or a pencil.

Step 1: Tying the Buttonhole

At the spot where you want to make the buttonhole middle your cord and bring the lower cord around the upper cord.

Step 2:

Bring A down around B and through bight a.

Step 3:

Repeat step 2 and tighten

For a step by step description of tying the buttonhole see:

Step 4: Tying the Button

This is ABOK 792.

Tie an overhand knot at the spot where you want to position the button.

Step 5:

Bring A over two strands.

Step 6:

Bring B over A, under two strands and up through bight a

Step 7:

Put a dowel or pencil through the middle of the overhand knots.

Step 8:

Bring B up to the right and through bight b

Step 9:

Bring B down to point x.

Step 10:

Bring A under everything and up through bight a.

Step 11:

Bring A down to the right going under b.

Step 12:

Take either end and bring it through the center of the knot next to the dowel.

Step 13:

Bring the other end through the middle of the knot in the same manner.

Step 14:

Remove the dowel. Grab the loop close to the knot and pull hard on the two strands.

That will set the position of the button.

Step 15:

As you are tightening you will notice that he button resembles the lanyard/diamond knot but as each strand goes over two strands it is more secure.

Step 16:

Once the button is complete trim the ends.

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    2 years ago

    I'm not an experienced knot maker. I can tie the laces in my shoes. I don't know which abok number it is. So this is my background :-)
    In picture one I see the thing that is called a button. There are comming 2 ropes out of this button. In picture 15 comes 4 ropes out of the thing that is again called button. So I think I miss a step 16?


    Reply 2 years ago

    You did not miss a step
    Two lines come into the button from the loop.
    Two lines emerge from the button on the opposite side. These two lines are trimmed off so it resembles the first photo
    For a completely different way to make a carabiner see


    Reply 2 years ago

    OK. Thanks for the explanation!


    2 years ago

    Interesting approach. For years I've been making bracelets and such by starting with the Diamond Knot (ABOK 599) and then putting a Turk's Head (ABOK 545) as a stopper. I tie the 545 and when ready to tighten it down I slip the loop made with the 599 through the center, then snug down the 545. That gives me a locking stop. Nice 'ible!


    Reply 2 years ago

    Thanks for the feedback.
    The diamond knot makes a fixed loop.
    Why do you need a stopper knot as well?


    Reply 2 years ago

    Yep. Your Lanyard Adjuster is what I use as a lock. But what's at the other end of the loop you slip through the center? How does it not (no pun intended) slip through? That's what the Diamond Knot is for.