String figure glossary

Double Crow’s Feet (i.e. Two Crows)

string figureInvented by Martin Probert 1998. This gives a double version of the traditional Crow’s Feet string figure. Construction time 25 seconds.

  1. Use a 1.25 metre wide loop.
  2. Insert the little fingers into the loop.
  3. Pass the right thumb from above down into the left little finger loop, then rotate the right thumb towards you and hook up the near left little finger string; insert the left thumb into the right thumb loop from below; extend.
  4. On each side pass the index and middle fingers from above down into the thumb loop and (with the ring finger assisting) rotate the index and middle fingers away from you and hook up the far thumb string, wrapping the string around the index and middle fingers.
  5. On each side pass the middle and ring fingers down into the little finger loop and (with the index finger assisting) rotate the middle and ring fingers towards you and hook up the near little finger string, wrapping the string around the middle and ring fingers.
  6. Insert each middle finger in turn under the two strings which cross at the base of the opposite middle finger and pick up both strings on the back of the finger (as in Opening A).
  7. Pass the middle and ring fingers towards you over the intermediate strings, under the near index string, then with the back of the ring finger (and with the middle finger assisting) pick up the far thumb string; pass each thumb into the ring finger loop from above and transfer the loop to the thumb; then pass the middle and ring fingers over the intermediate strings and over the upper near thumb string and use these fingers to lift the lower near thumb string off the thumb, thus navahoing the thumb loops. Extend.
  8. Pass the thumbs into the middle finger loops from above and temporarily pick up the far middle finger strings (three strings on each side); pass each little finger over the far ring finger string and pick up the near little finger string; pass the little finger over the upper far little finger string and pick up the lower far little finger string, thus navahoing the little finger loops; release the three far middle finger strings from the thumb; extend.
  9. Angle the tips of the middle fingers towards each other; with the right middle finger, over the back of the left middle finger, pull the four strings from the back of the left middle finger to release the left middle finger from all loops; repeat the other side to release the right middle finger.
  10. Extend smartly to give Double Crow’s Feet.
  11. To dissolve, release all but the thumb loops, and extend.

Copyright © Martin Probert 2003
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