Everywhere we go today, you see people wearing “Awareness Ribbons”. Every color or combination thereof holds a special meaning to the wearer whether it be a disease, special event or remembering those who are serving in the military. The list is endless. Why not expand this list to include a scout group’s colors or any other organization or special event that the individual wants to recognize?
Once You have gathered your materials, it’s time to start “building” your Awareness Ribbon. For the purposes of clarification, I am using smaller lengths of paracord to show you the opening steps.
NOTE: For a more compact key fob, remove the inner core of the paracord
Setting up the project
We begin by “halving” our 2 strands of cord and laying then out as shown
Note that the vertical strand is BEHIND the horizontal strand
Take the vertical strand (red) and laying it OVER the horizontal strand (yellow)
Place the horizontal strand (yellow) over both vertical strands (red)
Place the right vertical (red) strand up and over both horizontal strands (yellow)
Finally, take the remaining horizontal strand (yellow) OVER the red strand and THROUGH the loop which was created by the first step
Now gently pull all the ends together until the knot is snug. If it looks like the picture, then you have just successfully tied a Crown Knot.
Note: We tied this knot counter clockwise, but you will achieve the same effect if you were to go clockwise
If knot tying is new to you, and you are following this tutorial, then you have just completed the most complex part of this project. IT’S DOWN HILL FROM HERE!
Making the ribbon
Firstly, turn over the knot. You’ll note that it looks different in so much that the red strand runs diagonally across the knot. In my opinion this isn’t as attractive as the finished knot shown at Step 5 so we are going to hide this diagonal.
Again, starting with the top vertical strand, and following Steps 1 through 5, crown in a counter clockwise direction.
When completed, your knot will look like this
Repeat Steps 1 through 5, only this time tie the knot in a CLOCKWISE direction.
From here on you will continue crowning by alternating between COUNTER CLOCKWISE & CLOCKWISE.
Continue with alternate crowning (counter clockwise/clockwise) until you have completed 15 rows.
As you are crowning the 16th row, place your split ring on to one of the strands. This will become the top centre of your ribbon.
Continue alternate crowning until you complete ROW 23
Once we have reached ROW 23, it’s now time to form our ribbon.
The strands go through the main body at ROWS 6 &7
Firstly bend the body to the left. The strand facing you (in this case yellow),goes through loop at the 6th row
Pull strand through until it butts up against main body. The adjacent red strand is inserted through the loop at Row 7
Pull both strands snug up against main body and then turn your work over.
Repeat the procedure. The upper strand (yellow) goes through Row 7 and the lower strand (red) goes through Row 6
Now snug up all strands so that the crossover butts up evenly.
Note: I used a Perma-loc needle to string these lines but you can also use an awl and craft sized needle nose pliers.
Continue alternate crowning for 7 rows
Trim off ends and seal either by melting ends with a lighter or using some crazy glue (or a little of both)
- BLACK: Gang Prevention, Melanoma, Narcolepsy, Sleep Apnea, Sleep Disorders, Primary Billiary Cirrhosis, Mourning, POW and MIA, Amish Support and Skin Cancer
- BLACK, RED and GOLD: The Choking Game
- BLACK and LIGHT BLUE: Loss of a son
- BLACK and PINK: Bone Marrow Donor, loss of a daughter
- BLUE: Osteoporosis, ARDS, Osteogenesis Imperfecta, Child Abuse, Huntington’s Disease, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Colon Cancer, Arthritis, Bowel Cancer, Child Abuse, Down Syndrome, Education, PKU, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Reyes Syndrome and Mental Health Awareness
- BROWN: Anti-tobacco, Colorectal cancer
- BURGUNDY: Hospice care, Multiple Myeloma, Cesarean Sections, Headaches and Migraines, Thrombophilia and other coagulation or blood factor disorders, Meningitis, Polio Survivor, Hughes Syndrome, Brain Aneurysm, Hirschsprung’s Disease, Amyloidosis
- GOLD: Childhood Cancer
- GREEN: Tissue and Organ Donation or Transplants, Depression in Adults or Children, Bipolar Disorder, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Eye Injuries, Tourette’s Syndrome, Bone Marrow Transplants and Donation, Fanconi’s Syndrome, Von Hippel Lindau, Glaucoma, Leukemia, Fibrodysplasia Ossificans, Kidney Cancer or Kidney Disease, Neural Tube Defects, Mitochondrial Disease, Cerebral Palsy, Save Darfur, Stem Cell Research, Neurofibromatosis, Lissencephally, Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, Save The Earth, Go Green, Recycling, Medical Marijuana, Support Family Farms and Rural Communities
- GRAY: Asthma, Brain Cancer, Brain Disorders, COPD, Hearing Impairment, Lung Cancer, and the March of Dimes
- LIGHT BLUE: Prostate Cancer, Mens Health, Thyroid Disease, Lymphedema, Addison’s Disease, Trisomy 18, Velo-Cardio Facial Syndrome, Klinefelter’s Syndrome, Hyperaldosteronism, sScleroderma, Behcets Disease, Graves Disease, Shprintzen Syndrome, Edward’s Syndrome
- LIGHT GRAY: March of Dimes, and Disabled Persons
- LIGHT PURPLE: All cancers (general cancer awareness), epilepsy, rett syndrome, foster care
- LIME GREEN: Lymphoma, Lyme Disease, Muscular Dystrophy-wristband only, Sandhoff Disease
- NAVY BLUE: Child Abuse Prevention, Arthritis, Free Speech, Crime Victims Rights, Hystiocytosis, Domestic Violence, Water Safety, Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, Interstitial Cystitis, Epstein-Barr Virus, Reyes Syndrome, Education, Short Bowel Syndrome, Myositis, Leukodystrophy, Hurricane Support, Police Officers Lost In The Line Of Duty
- ORANGE: Children’s Diabetes, Cultural Diversity, Racial Tolerance, Feral Cats, Motorcycle Safety, Underage Drinking, Deep Vein Thrombosis, Agent Orange Exposure, Hunger, Juvenile Diabetes, Leukemia, Multiple Sclerosis, Human Rights and Racial Tolerance
- PEARL: Lung Cancer and Lung Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, Mesothelioma, Emphysema, Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia
- PERIWINKLE BLUE: Eating disorders, Pulmonary Hypertension, Stomach Cancer, GERD and IBS
- PINK: Breast Cancer, Inflammatory Breast Cancer, Birth Parents, Metastatic Breast Cancer, and Nursing Mothers
- PINK and BLUE: Pregnancy and infant loss, SIDS, Male breast cancer
- PURPLE: Alzheimer’s Disease, Animal Abuse, Domestic violence, Religious Tolerance,Victims of 9/11(includes police and firefighters), Pancreatic Cancer, Crohn’s Disease and Colitis, Cystic Fibrosis, Leimyosarcoma, Macular Degeneration, Sjogren’s Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Sarcoidosis, The Homeless, Mucolipidoses, Thyroid Cancer, ADD, ADHD, Cancer Survivor (this color is for that anyone who has survived cancer can wear), Pagan Pride, Arnold Chiari Malformation,Mucopolysaccharidosis, Hurler Syndrome, Children Left Unattended in Cars, Childhood or Pediatric Stroke, Anti-Gay Bullying (Spirit Day), Epilepsy (Purple Day)
- PUZZLE: Asperger Syndrome and Autism
- RAINBOW: Gay Pride
- RED: HIV/AIDS, Blood Disorders, Blood Donors, Congenital Heart Defects, Diabetes, Firefighters, Head and Neck Cancer, Heart Disease,Alcohol Substance and Drug Abuse, MADD DARE, Stroke, Wolff-parkinson-White Syndrome Evans Syndrome
- SILVER: The Silver Ribbon Campaign For The Brain© – Brain Disorders and Disabilities and also indludes Traumatic Brain Injuries, Children with Physical or Learning Disabilities, Elderly Abuse, Stalking
- TEAL: Cervical Cancer, Ovarian Cancer, Gynecological Cancer, Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Myasthenia Gravis, Sexual Assault, Agoraphobia, Tourette Syndrome and Uterine Cancer
- WHITE: Blind and Vision Impairment, Bone Cancer, Head and Neck Cancer, Osteoporosis, Scoliosis, Innocence, Victims of Terrorism, Peace, Right to Life, Diabetes, Hypoglycemia,Hyperglycemia, Sexual Assault of Students, Retinal Blastoma, Adoption, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning (CO poisoning), Post Partum Depression
- YELLOW: Support our Troops, POW/MIA, Suicide Prevention, Adoptive Parents, Spina Biffida, Missing Children or Amber Alert, Endometriosis, Sarcoma, Myxoid Liposarcoma, Bladder cancer, Liver Disease, Liver Cancer, Cholangiocarcinomas, Hydrocephalus or Hydrocephaly, Carbon Monoxide Poisoning, Genocide Awareness, Victorian Bushfire Disaster 09, Psteosarcoma, Ewing’s Sarcoma, Chondrosarcoma
By John Staley