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Ara Batur Bar

Ara Batur Bar

Description:  The Ara Batur Bar is a unique Square Knot pattern featuring three colors.   The knots are tied in such a way that there are loops along the edges.  The heads of the knots form a line down the middle of this decorative knot design.

You can use this type of Macrame band to create a bracelet, belt, or other flat item.   I've included a loop at one end, which can be part of a clasp.  You can start this design in the center of the cords, rather than at one end as I did in the example.

I recommend practicing with Paracord, which is the material you see in the example.  Make sure you know how to tie a Square knot, in both directions.

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.)
This design came from the Fusion Knots website.

Designs by JD Lenzen

Click on the image or link, and view the video gallery. See tutorials for this design along with many others.

Fusion Knots



Cut one cord of each color, at least 72 inches long.  

Prepare the ends to prevent unraveling.  For Paracord, apply flame to the tips to seal in the core material.

Choose 1 cord to be Color A, which is the purple cord in this example.

It 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 over left.

Place the other two cords so they rest under the crossed area.  The center of them should be directly under the crossed portion.  >>
Other two Cords

<< Fold the two cords over the front of the crossed portion.

Adjust the size of the loop.

Tie the first half of a Square Knot with color A.  Tighten firmly.  >>
Half Knot

This loop is optional, if you are only practicing.   When using it as a clasp, adjust it to the size of the button or bead you will attach at the other end.


Square Knots

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 first two:

All the left Square Knots in the Ara Batur Bar will be tied following steps 1 - 4.

Follow steps 5 - 8 to tie all the right Square Knots.

Note that the heads of the knots will be facing inwards (towards each other), which is what makes this design so unique.

Mentally number the six ends, as follows: 

Color A (purple) should be on the outside, numbered 1 and 6.

Color B (yellow) is numbered 2 and 3. 

Color C
(red) is numbered 4 and 5.

Left Square Knot

Cord 4

Step 1: Move cord 4 to the right, over cord 5 and under cord 6.

Cord 5 is the filler for this left Square Knot.

Cord 6

Step 2:  Move cord 6 to the left, passing under cord 5 and over cord 4.

This is the first half of the Square Knot.  Pull on the ends to tighten it firmly.

Cord 4

Step 3:  Move cord 4, which is now on the right, over to the left.

Pass it over cord 5 and under cord 6.

Cord 6

Step 4:  Move cord 6 under cord 5 and over cord 4, as you pull it to the right.

Tighten the second half by pulling the ends firmly. 


Right Square Knot

Cord 3

Step 5:  The following steps show you how to tie the right Square Knots in the Ara Batur Bar.

Move cord 3 to the left, over cord 2 (filler), and then under cord 1.

Cord 1

Step 6:  Move cord 1 to the right, passing it under the filler (cord 2) and over cord 3.

Tighten the first half of the SK firmly.

Cord 3

Step 7:  Move cord 3, which is now on the left, over cord 2 and under cord 1 (left to right).

Cord 1

Step 8:  Move cord 1 to the left, under cord 2 and over cord 3.

Tighten the second half of the SK firmly.

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Primary Design

The primary design for the Ara Batur Bar is a series of Square Knots that share cords. 

The heads of the SK on the left should be facing right.  The SK on the right should face left

Important:  Pay close attention to the details as to which are the working cords versus the fillers. 

Right SK

Step 9:  Use cords 1 and 4 to tie a right Square knot.  Cords 2 and 3 are the fillers.

Remember that the head will face the direction of the first cord moved, in this case cord 4.

Make sure the fillers are pulled straight when you are finished tightening the knot.

Left SK

Step 10: Tie a left Square knot using cords 3 and 6.  The fillers are cords 4 and 5. 

Notice how cords 3 and 4 are part of both knots (shared).

Pull the fillers straight while tightening.


Step 11:  Repeat steps 9 and 10 several times, until the Ara Batur Bar is the size you want.

As you progress, straighten the heads of the knots, to form the line in the center of the design.   (see last image below)

Square Knot

Step 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 would be finished off if you were planning to make a clasp.   A button, bead, or button knot would be applied to cords 3 and 4.

Ara Batur Bar

This is the completed design, showing the details.  Click on the image to see a larger view.


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