Description:
The Asclepius Rod Bar is a unique
decorative knot based on the Square
Knot.

The filler cords form an S-shaped design,
which looks like the Rod of
Asclepius. This Greek symbol is
shown as a serpent wrapped around a staff.
It represents the healing arts.

You can use this design to make a Macrame
belt, a Paracord bracelet, a pet collar,
etc.

The knots are separated after construction
so the curved portions are more
obvious. This is optional if you
prefer them to be close together as shown.

I
found this design on the Fusion
Knots website, under the
name "Rod of Asclepius Bar".

Click on the image or link to visit the
site.

The video
gallery contains tutorials for a
wide variety of combination knots and
techniques.

Preparation and Loop

The best way to start the Asclepius Rod Bar is
with a loop, but it can be made with four separate
cords or by attaching the cords to a ring or
dowel.

The fillers should be a lighter color than the
working cord. In the example shown, the
working cord is brown
and the filler cord is light
green.

To practice,
cut the two cords to at least 60 inches
long.

For a project, the working cord should be at least
7
x the finished length you plan to
make. The filler cord should be at
least 3
x the finished length. Make it
longer if you intend to tie a button knot for a
clasp.

Step
1: Make a loop at the
center of the working
cord, crossing right
over left.

Fold the filler
cord in half and arrange it so
the right half passes over
the crossing point of the loop.

The left half should be under
the crossed area.

Step
2: Move the left
half of the working cord to the
left, passing it over
both halves of the filler cord.

Bring it under
the right half of the working cord.

Move the right halfof
the working cord to the right, passing it
under
both halves of the filler cord.

Pull it out on the right, passing it over
the left half of the working cord where it
curves.

This is a Half knot, or 1/2 of a Square
knot.

Apply a piece
of tape to the RIGHT
half of the filler
cord to mark
it. Adjust the cord so
the right half is a few inches longer than
the left half.

Tighten the Half Knot and adjust the size
of the loop so it's appropriate for your
project.

Asclepius Rod Bar Instructions

The Half knot you tied in the previous step is
the standard method you see in other
designs.

The Half knots you will now tie for the rest of
the Asclepius Rod Bar are altered
slightly. Pay close attention to that
part of the instructions.

Important:
The right half
of the filler
cord is the segment that creates the
serpentine design. It moves back and forth with
each step, which is why it's longer.

The left half remains vertical, so you can secure
it. That will ensure you don't accidentally
switch it with the other half.

Step
3: Move the right
half of the filler
cord to the left, passing under
the left half horizontally.

The left half should be vertical.

Curve the
left half
of the working
cord to the right, passing under
the right half of the filler cord and over
the left half.

Place it under
the right half of the working cord.

Designer's
Tip: The Half Knot is
altered because the two halves of the filler cord
are separated as if they were different
cords.

For the first part of the knot, the working cord
always passes under
- over the fillers, rather than over
both. The second part is tied like a regular Half
Knot (described below).

Move
the right
half of the working
cord to the left, passing it under
both halves of the filler cord.

Pull it out on the left, passing it over
the left half of the working cord where it
curves.

Step
4: Tighten the Half Knot firmly
by pulling on both halves of the working
cord.

Do you recognize the shape? You've
tied two Half Knots in opposite
directions, so you now have one Square
Knot with the head facing right.

Designer's
Tip: The left
half of the filler cord runs through the center of
the knot vertically. The right half is
resting over the lower portion of the knot and is
free to move around.

After you complete each knot for the Asclepius Rod
Bar, always check to make sure the right half is
in this position.

Step
5: Move the right
half of the filler
cord to the right horizontally,
passing under
the left half.

Move
the left
half of the working
cord to the left, passing it under
the right half of the filler cord, and over
left half.

Place it under
the right half of the working cord.

Move the right half
of the working
cord to the right, passing it under
both halves of the filler cord.

Pull it out on the right, passing it over
the left half of the working cord where it
curves.

Pull both halves of the working cord to
tighten the Half Knot.

Step
6:Repeat
steps 3 - 5 several times if you
are practicing
the Asclepius Rod Bar.

When making a project with this technique,
stop when the sennit is 2/3
the finished length you are
making. Include the loop when you
measure.

Step
7: Secure the area near the loop
to your board.

While holding the left
half of the filler
cord, slide the knots toward you
so they separate. This makes
the curves more obvious.

Step
8: Tie a regular Half knot to
finish the bar, in the opposite direction
of the previous knot.

(Optional) Secure the ends of the working
cord to the back
of the sennit. Use both halves
of the filler
cord if you need to make a
button knot for a clasp.

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