Valentine’s Day: Learn how to tie the True Lover’s Knot

This Valentine’s day, learn how to tie the True Lover’s Knot. We show you how with an extract from the wonderfully practical book 40 Knots & How to Tie Them, a gift guide to the age-old art of tying knots by Lucy Davidson, published by Pavilion. To help you learn, each knot is accompanied with beautiful illustrations by Maria Nilsson. 

With your Valentine’s present gift wrapped (we’ve used a selection of recycled papers and cord), follow the easy, step-by-step instructions to create the knot. We’ll then add a finishing touch to the gift that you can use to personalise your message to the one you love.

Also known as the Fisherman’s Knot or Englishman’s Knot, this type dates back to the mid-1400s. Its most common use is for joining the ends of a fishing line because it is so simple to tie. It is also a decorative knot and it symbolizes – as the name suggests – true love, with the two intertwined Thumb Knots locking together.



1. Lay two pieces of rope next to one another with the working ends facing in opposite directions.

2. Tie a Thumb Knot at one end, making sure you tie it around the other cord: Take the rope and create a loop. You can do this by wrapping the rope around your thumb – this is called a crossing turn. Pass one end of the rope through the loop. Pull both ends away from each other to tighten the knot. While tightening, slide it into place. Repeat with the other end.

3. Carefully tighten both knots and pull the two standing parts of the rope. This will automatically move the two Thumb Knots towards one another.

4. The finished knot should look like the illustration (below).



And that’s it! Here we've added a brass telescope keyring from our collection, so they can always be looking out for you. Did you know that In Europe, Saint Valentine's Keys are given to lovers "as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart", as well as to children, in order to ward off sickness? 

Still stuck for ideas? Browse our collection of Valentine’s Day trinkets and treasures that will show them they mean the world. 

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