Ara Batur Bar
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
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 ,
in Square knot both
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.)
design came from the
by JD Lenzen
Click on the image or link, and view the video
gallery. See tutorials for this
design along with many others.
one cord of each color, at least 72 inches
Prepare the ends to prevent unraveling. For
Paracord, apply flame to the tips to seal in the
Choose 1 cord to be
Color A, which is the purple cord in this
It will be the color you see along the edges
of the Ara Batur Bar, as well as the line in the
Make a loop in the center, crossing right
Place the other two cords so they rest under
the crossed area. The center
of them should be directly under the
crossed portion. >>
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. >>
This loop is ,
if you are only practicing. When using
it as a clasp, adjust it to the size of the button optional or bead you
will attach at the other end.
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 left
in the Ara Batur Bar will be tied following steps
1 - 4. Square Knots
Follow steps 5 - 8 to tie all the . right Square
Note that the heads
of the knots will be facing inwards
(towards each other), which is what makes this
design so unique.
the six ends, as follows:
A (purple) should be on the outside,
numbered 1 and 6.
B (yellow) is numbered 2 and 3. (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 under
the filler (cord 2) and over
Tighten the first half of the SK firmly.
which is now on the left, cord 3 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 Knots
that share cords.
The heads of the SK on the left should be facing right.
The SK on the right should face left.
Pay close attention to the details as to which are
the working cords versus the fillers.
9: Use cords 1 and 4 to tie
Square knot. Cords 2 and 3 are the
Remember that the head will face the
direction of the first cord moved, in this
Make sure the fillers are pulled straight
when you are finished tightening the knot.
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
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
The other four are the fillers. cords 1 and 6.
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
This is the
completed design, showing the
details. Click on the image to see a
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