The puzzle should start in this position when you hand it to someone else, assuming you have a devilish inclination of watching someone squirm in frustration . This suggestively forces upon the person to start within that general area, and not the actual starting place .
However, if you're doing the puzzle for yourself, you must get the string to the center . . . . . this is the actual focal starting point .
Pass the string through the crisscrossing stems of the narrow loop .
Continue towards the focal center .
Pass the string through the left-hand eyelet loop at the focal center .
This brings the string within the center, between the two eyelets .
Now you're ready to start the solution !
Bring the string over to the left and behind the narrow loop .
(narrow loop is in front of large round loop)
Pass through area marked by the red circle shown in previous pic.
Go through the large left-hand round loop from front to back .
Pull the string over to the right side .
Continue pulling the string through where the two large loops cross each other, as shown by the circles .
Pass the string through this intersecting of the narrow loop and the right-hand large loop, as shown by the circle .
The string is now free at last !