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The Lover's Knot
This page attempts to record what is known about the origin and history of the design known as the Lover's Knot. Please contact me if you know any of this information is incorrect or if you have any other important information that should be added. Thank you.

The Lover's Knot is developed from the form known as the Seedpod (which in turn is developed from the Salt Cellar). It is characterised by the final move in which a waterbomb base is flattened to a square, trapping other layers of the design behind it.

There is also an index page containing information about Lover's Knots in general rather than about this specific design.


1934 / 5

A patent for a puzzle based on the Lover's Knot (the puzzle is simply to fold it from a blank sheet of paper given a folded example) was applied for by Hilary Coughlin in 1934 and granted as US2007421A in 1935. (Information from Edwin Corrie)



The simpler Lover's Knot design appears in 'Paper Toy Making' by Margaret Campbell, which was first published by Sir Isaac Pitman and Sons Ltd in London, probably in 1937, although both the Foreword and Preface are dated 1936, which argues that the book was complete at that date.



Jinx Magic magazine no 106 contained an article by Mitchell Dyszel explaining how to fold a bow knot (ie the Lover's Knot) from a dollar bill with Washington's face in the knot. Information from Edwin Corrie.



The Lover's Knot also appears in 'Paper Magic' by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne in London in 1956



The Lover's Knot also appears in 'The Art of Origami' by Samuel Randlett, which was published by E P Dutton in New York in 1961.



The Lover's Knot appears as the base of a design called the 'Husky' in 'Secrets of Origami', by Robert Harbin, which was published by Oldbourne Book Company in London in 1964.