Useful as a firm loop and for its symmetrical beauty, this knot derives its name from its final configuration as a cross on one side (E) and a rough square on the other (F), which together form the Japanese word kanau, meaning “desire realized.”
A. Form an overhand loop with the tip up. Grasp a bight from the working part and place it over the bitter end.
B. Take the bitter end up and over the bight, down through the original overhand loop and back up through the bight.
C. & D. Draw up and tighten the knot by pulling in the direction of the arrows.
E. & F. The final knot after tightening.
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Original materials used with thanks to Irene Rodriguez and John Bennett