In part two I’m going to show you how to adjust the length of your yo-yo’s string and tie a slip knot. When I first started out yo-yoing I didn’t know you could shorten the length of the yo-yo string. It just didn’t occur to me that you could cut it and reset the length so I would stand on a chair or on some steps when I was trying to throw the yo-yo.

String Length

String length is very important; if a string is too short you won’t be able to put an adequate amount of energy into your throw and your yo-yo won’t spin as fast or as long, making it difficult to learn tricks as their complexity increases. If the string is too long you won’t be able to focus the time your yo-yo is spinning on learning tricks. You will instead be focusing on trying not to smack the yo-yo on the floor. That’s why you have to adjust the length of your string. The proper way to do this is to unroll the yo-yo all the way and let it rest on the floor in front of you. Hold the string straight up from the yo-yo (you don’t want any slack in the string) and fold it over right in front of where your bellybutton is. Tie a slip knot into the string like we explain below and cut off the original loop and excess string carefully with a pair of scissors.

How to make a slip knot

  1. Fold over the string approximately one inch from the end of the string. The string will now be doubled up in that one-inch segment.
  2. Make this doubled-up string into a loop.
  3. Push the end of the fold through the loop.
  4. Pinch the fold in one hand and the end of the string (as well as the length of string next to it) in the other hand and pull tight.
  5. Now that you’ve tied the loop, open it up using your thumb and index finger.
  6. Grab a bit of string just beneath the knot that forms the loop.
  7. Pull the bit of string you are pinching through the loop.
  8. You now have a slip knot! All you have to do from here is put your finger into the slip knot loop you just made and you can start yo-yoing!

See you next time!

Mike Montgomery