




Description: Alternating
Square Knots (ASK) create a netlike pattern
seen in many Macrame projects.
This is one of the most
important knotting techniques you will
need to know as you learn Macrame, so practice
this several times.
The basic concept is that you tie Square knots
in horizontal rows. In every other row
you alternate
the cords used to tie the knots.
Be sure you know how to tie a
Square
Knot before you get started.




To practice, you need at least four cords
folded in half, so you have 8 (or more) cords to
work with. Secure them to your work surface or
board.
Mentally number the cords, moving left to
right. Each Square Knot (SK) is tied with four
cords.
Important:
The Alternating Square Knots shown below are
made with only 8 cords. In a Macrame
pattern you will likely have more than 8 cords
to work with, as in the image at the top of this
page.
So you do the steps below, moving
all the way
across from left to right. The
pattern will tell you what cords to use and how
many rows to tie.





Step 1: Tie one Square
Knot (SK) with 1 and 4 as the working
cords, and 2 and 3 as the fillers.
Step 2: Tie another
SK, using working cords 5 and 8. The
fillers are cords 6 and 7.







Step 3: Select cords
3 and 4 from the SK on
the left,
along with 5 and 6
from the knot on the right.
Use them to tie the next Square Knot.
The working cords are 3 and 6, the
fillers 4 and 5.




Most patterns will tell you whether the knots
should rest next to each other, or be separated by
some space.
The image at the top of this page shows the rows
of knots 2 inches apart. The image above
shows 1/2inch of space between them. 





Step 4: Repeat
steps 1 and 2, using cords 1 
4 for the knot on the left, and 5  8
for the knot on the right.
To continue, simply repeat steps 3 and
4 several times.








Double Alternating
Square Knots





Step A: Tie two
Square Knots with cords 1  4.
Step B: Tie two
SK with cords 5  8.







Step C: Tie two
SK with cords 3  6.
Step D: Repeat
steps A  C to complete the
design.








Net Design





There are times when you might want a
certain amount of space between the rows
to make a more netlike design.
The process for making the ASK is no
different; you just move down 1inch or
more, adding space between the rows.






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