Continuous Crowning and Alternate Crowning
When it comes to tying a crown sinnet, there are two types of crowning. The Continuous Crowning and the Alternate Crowning method. When you first get into the world of decorative knot tying, I would say, that you will start of by learning these two methods of crowning when creating decorative knot work. Both methods of crowning have a very pleasing effect and are relatively easy to do, you just have to make sure that you keep the tension the same on each layer of crowning that your create. Basically, as you tie the crown knot, make sure that everything is pulled up nice and tight before you go onto the next set of crown. The end result should be a nicely formed and hard to the touch series of knots. Just by tying a series of crown knots, you are in effect creating a mini side fender.
Continuous Crowning Sinnet
When Continuous Crowning you are always working in the same direction, so if you are starting your first layer of crown knots in a clockwise direction, then the next layer will also be done in a clockwise direction and so on. If you make a mistake at any stage and go in the opposite direction, then this will stand out like a sore thumb. Just undo that section and then tie it in the same direction as the crown below. The end result will be a lovely round shaped spiral weave. You can also use two different coloured cords, which will add to the decorative pattern of your knot work.
Alternate Crowning Sinnet
With alternate crowning you start of creating a crown in one direction, then when it comes to creating the next crown, you will tie that crown in the opposite direction. By doing the alternative crown method, you will end up with a very pleasing square shaped type of side fender. Once again two different coloured cords can be used. The final result of doing this, will be that you have a different colour running up each side of the fender.
Finishing Off Your Crown Sinnet
Once you have created a sinnet to the desired length that you want, you then need to decide what you are going to do next with it. If you just want a crown sinnet as a simple keyring, then if using Paracord, you can cut it flush and then burn the ends so the Paracord melts and welds itself to the cord running over the top of it. A better method, but it takes a little practice to make it look neat, is to tuck the loose ends of the Paracord back down your work and then gut of the excess and tuck back into your work.
How to Tie the Alternate Crown Sinnet
Here is a quick video tutorial on how to do a Alternate Crown Sinnet. The Alternate Crowning methods produces a square structure to the finished knot.
How to Tie the Spiral Crown Sinnet Video
In this video you will learn how to do spiral crowning, you will see the effect of using two different colours of cord. The continuous crowning method produce a rounded structure with a spiral effect in the cord.
What is the Difference Between Continuous Crowning and Alternate Crowning?
Both methods of crowning use the same type of knot or sinnet. However, with continuous crowning you always tie your knot in the same direction as the one below. This will produce a round style fender. With Alternate Crowning you tie the next section in the opposite direction of the previous. This produces a square type looking fender.
Crowning Over an Object
Here is an example of taking crowning a step further. In this case continuos crowning has been used using multiple strands to make a decorative covering over an object.