The Ara Batur Bar is a unique Square Knot
pattern featuring three colors. The
knots are tied so that there are loops along the
edges. The heads of the knots form a line
down the middle.
You can use this type of knotted band to create a
bracelet, belt, or other flat item. In
the example shown, there is a loop at one end,
which can be part of a clasp. You can start
this design in the center of the cords, too.
I recommend practicing with Parachute cord, which
is the material you see in the example. Make
sure you know how to tie both LEFT and RIGHT Square
Ara Batur can be translated to mean Row
Boat. Try to visualize the red and yellow
loops as the oars, and the center area as the
surface of the boat. The loops could be the
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design along with many others.
Cut one cord of three
different colors, each
at least 72 inches long.
Prepare the ends to prevent unraveling. For
Parachute cord, apply flame to the tips to seal in
the core material.
Choose 1 cord to
A, which is the purple cord in
This will be the color you see along the edges
of the Ara Batur Bar, as well as the line
in the center.
Make a loop in the center, crossing right
other two cords so they rest under
the crossed area. The center
of them should be directly under the
Mentally label them color
B and color
C, as shown.
Fold the upper
segments of color B and color C over
of the crossed area (color A).
Adjust the size of the loop.
Tie the first half
of a RIGHT Square Knot using the color
A cord. The fillers are all 4
segments of colors B and C. Tighten
if you are only practicing.
When using it as a clasp, adjust it to the
size of the buttonor bead you will attach at the
You will now tie the first two Square Knots, in
opposite directions, to start the bar. The
steps below apply to all the knots, not just the
All the LEFTSquare Knots
in the Ara Batur Bar are tied following steps 1 -
Follow steps 5 - 8 to tie all the RIGHTSquare
Note that the heads
of the knots will be facing inwards
(towards each other), which is what makes this
design so unique.
the six cords, as follows:
A (purple) should be on the outside,
numbered 1 and 6.
B (yellow) is numbered 2 and 3.
Color C (red) is numbered 4 and 5.
1: Move cord
4 to the right,
cord 5 and under
Cord 5 is the filler for this left
2: Move cord
6 to the
left, passing under
cord 5 and over
This is the first
half of the Square Knot.
Pull on the ends to tighten it firmly.
3: Move cord
4, which is now on the right,
over to the left.
Pass it over
cord 5 and under
4: Move cord
cord 5 and over
cord 4, as you pull it to the right.
Tighten the second half by pulling the
Right Square Knot
5: The following steps
show you how to tie the RIGHT Square Knots
in the Ara Batur Bar.
3 to the left,
cord 2 (filler), and then under
6: Move cord
1 to the right,
passing it underthe filler (cord 2) and over
Tighten the first half of the SK firmly.
7: Movecord 3,
which is now on the left, over
cord 2 and under
cord 1 (left to right).
8: Move cord
1 to the left, under
cord 2 and over
Tighten the second half of the SK firmly.
The primary design for the Ara Batur Bar is a
series of Square Knotsthat share cords.
On the left, you will tie RIGHT Square
Knots. On the right, you will tie LEFT
SK. This will mean that the heads of the
knots are resting next to each other.
Important: Pay close attention to
the details as to which are the working cords
versus the fillers.
9: Use working cord
1 and cord
4 to tie a RIGHT Square
knot. Cords 2 and 3 are the fillers.
Make sure the fillers are pulled straight
when you are finished tightening the knot.
Tip: Remember that the head
will face the direction of the first
cord you move, which is what you see in
the images above and below.
10: Tie a LEFT Square knot using
3 and cord
6. The fillers are cords 4
Notice how cords 3 and 4 are part of both
Pull the fillers straight while
steps 9 and 10 several times,
until the Ara Batur Bar is the size you
As you progress, straighten the heads
of the knots, to form the line in the
center of the design. (see
last image below)
12: To complete the
design, tie a Square Knot using cords 1 and 6.
The other four are the fillers.
Cords 1, 2, 5, 6 can now be finished off
if you are planning to make a
clasp. A button, bead, or
button knot would be attached to cords 3
This is the
completed design, showing the
details. Click on the image to see a
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