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How to Make a Sleeper Knot for a Yo-Yo

By Michael Logan ; Updated April 18, 2017
Tricks with a yo-yo require a connected string and plenty of practice.

A yo-yo rides up and down on a string. As the yo-yo travels down and reaches the end of the string, the string wraps around the axle in the opposite direction and climbs back up the string. Given a slight assist with a flick of your wrist, the yo-yo will climb the string back to your hand. If the string is connected properly, a good yo-yo can "sleep" at the bottom of the string without climbing, until the person controlling it flicks his wrist and the yo-yo climbs back up.

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Remove the old string from the yo-yo. After a while, strings become so twisted that the yo-yo will not function properly.

Untwist the end of the new string that does not have a loop knotted in it and hold the two strings apart to make a gap big enough for the yo-yo to fit through. Set the yo-yo in the gap so that the string rests on the axle. Release the string and let it twist back together. This connection allows the yo-yo to "sleep" at the end of the string.

Make a slip knot in the other end of the yo-yo string. New strings have one end knotted into a loop, but the loop does not adjust to your finger. Grasp the yo-yo string about 2 inches from the loop and push it through the loop to make another loop. Put your finger through that loop, which adjusts to your finger size.

Things You Will Need

  • Yo-yo
  • New yo-yo string


A string that is too loose won't allow the yo-yo to climb back up. Twist the string a little tighter and try it again. A string that is too tight won't allow a yo-yo to "sleep." Untwist the string to make it looser and give it a try.

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About the Author

Michael Logan is a writer, editor and web page designer. His professional background includes electrical, computer and test engineering, real estate investment, network engineering and management, programming and remodeling company owner. Logan has been writing professionally since he was first published in "Test & Measurement World" in 1989.

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