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 Alternating Endless Falls


Alternating Endless Falls

 
Description:   The Alternating Endless Falls technique is similar to the Webbed Endless Falls.   It's a combination of regular Endless Falls and two outside loops made by the second color.

You need 2 working cords of contrasting colors and a third color to hold the knots. 

The alternating pattern is made by switching the placement of the two working cords.  The holding cord is seen along the sides of the sennit.

This decorative knot can be used to make Macrame belts, Paracord bracelets, or other similar items.  The loop is optional, but is the best way to start this design.
 


This decorative knot is an adaptation of the other Endless Falls variations on Fusion Knots.

Be sure to see the video gallery, where you will find tutorials for other interesting knots.

Click on the image or link

Fusion Knots



To practice Alternating Endless Falls, you need 3 cords at least 45 inches long.

When using this technique to make something, the cords need to be at least 12 times the finished length of the item.

In the images shown, working cord A is blue, working cord B is red.  The holding cord is yellow.



Cord A

Step 1:  Fold working cord A in half and secure it to your board.

Secure the holding cord under it and match the ends to center the cord.

Bring the ends of the holding cord on top of the working cord, and cross them right over left.



Loops

Step 2: Hold both ends of the working cord and move them over the front of the crossed area of the holding cord.

Pass them through the space between the two halves of the working cord, and behind the crossed area.

As you pull the ends straight down, they should fit between the two loops.
 
 

Flip Over

Step 3:  Tighten the knot slightly by pulling on the ends of both cords.

Turn the knot over.

Fold working cord B in half and slide it under the loop made by the holding cord, so it's in front of the other working cord.



Move Cord B

Step 4:  Move cord B over the loop made by cord A, so it rests behind it.

Turn the knot over and adjust the top loop (made by cord A) to the size you need.

Tighten the knot by pulling on the ends of all three cords.



Move Cords

Step 5:  To begin the Alternating Endless Falls design, you must first move the cords.

Both ends of Cord A should be moved under Cord B, so they to the outside.

The ends of Cord B should be on the inside.



Holding Cord

Step 6:  Move the holding cord on top of the other two cords and cross the ends right over left.

I've labeled the three spaces where the working cords will pass through in the next step of the Alternating Endless Falls design.



Cord B

Step 7:  Repeat step 2 with the two ends of cord B.

Make sure the ends rest between the two loops when you are finished.

Do not tighten the knot. 



Design Tip:  To give you some extra space for the next two cords, spread the holding cord outward a little more, so it looks like step 6.



Right Loop

Step 8:  Move the right half of cord A over the holding cord to form the next loop.

Bring it through the space next to the outer right curve of the holding cord

Make sure the end rests to the right of the loop when you finish (indicated by the arrows).
 


Important:  This part of the Alternating Endless Falls pattern can be hard to understand, so here's another way to look at it:

When using the cord in the center, the ends fit between the two loops, or to the inside

When using the other cord, the ends rest to the outside of the loops. 



Left Loop

Step 9:  Move the left half of cord A over the holding cord, forming the next loop.

Bring it through the space next to the outer left curve of the holding cord

The end rests to the left of the loop, which is indicated by the arrows.



Step 10:  Tighten the Alternating Endless Falls by pulling on the ends of the holding cord first.

Pull the working cords straight down one at a time, beginning with the two in the center.

Tighten



Alternate

Step 11:  Alternate the working cords by moving the ends of cord B to the right and left. 

Make sure they rest under cord A, which will now be on the inside.



Cord A

Step 12:  Cross the ends of the holding cord right over left, on top of the other cords.

Use the two ends of cord A to make the next set of loops in the center.  Make sure the ends rest between the loops. 



Cord B

Step 13:  The ends of cord B are now used to make the next set of loops, as in steps 8 and 9.

Remember that the ends need to stay to the outside of the loops.  The spaces they pass through are next to the curve of the holding cord (on each side).

Repeat step 10 to tighten the knot.



Alternating Endless Falls

Step 14:  Repeat steps 5 - 13 at least 2 more times, or until the sennit is the size you want. 

To finish, tie a Square Knot with the ends of the holding cord, around the other 4 ends.

Flip the Alternating Endless Falls sennit over the see the triangular designs, which is considered the front.





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