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  Asclepius Rod Bar

Asclepius Rod Bar

Description:  The Asclepius Rod Bar is a unique decorative knot with elements similar to a Square knot

You have the option of expanding the knots so they are separated, or keep them close together. 

The crossed portions form a S-shaped design, which makes the bar look like the Rod of Asclepius, which is a staff wrapped with a snake. 

This Greek symbol represents the healing arts, and has a very interesting ancient history.

You can use this type of bar to make a Macrame belt, bracelet or similar design.  It would look great as a purse strap or as part of a plant hanger.

This knot design requires two colors.  In the images shown, color A is dark blue and color B is green.

For the example, I used 4mm Paracord.  When using this type of material you must melt the tips with heat to seal the inner core, or it will slip out.

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

Designs by JD Lenzen

Click on the image or link to visit his site. 

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

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You have the option of creating the Asclepius Rod Bar with a loop and button clasp.   The directions for the loop are shown below.  You need to decide which color you want on the inside, which is color B in the example shown. 

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

When making a project with this knot, cut the cords as follows:

Expanded Design:  Both cords at least 10 times the finished length

Knots close together:  Color A -- at least 14 times the finished length
Color B -- at least 12 times the finished length

The color B cord should be cut even longer if you plan to make a button knot for the clasp.

Fold the color A cord in half and form a loop, crossing the ends right over left.

Pass the color B cord through it over - under as shown. The center should be lined up with the crossed area.

Fold Color B

Fold the right half of color B over the front of the crossed area. 

Move the left half under the crossing point.

Right to Left

Move the color A cord on the right over color B and under the left color A cord.

Adjust the loop at the top to the size you need for a clasp.  This is optional, if you prefer to remove the loop at the top of the Asclepius Rod Bar.

Left to Right

Bring the color A cord on the left under color B and over the right color A cord.

Adjust the loop again as you tighten the Half knot, by pulling on the ends.

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Asclepius Rod Design

The Asclepius Rod Bar is made by crossing the color B cords, which are the fillers.

The next step is to tie a modified Half Knot (1/2 of a Square knot) with the other color (working cords). 

The first knot is slightly different than the others, so make sure you read through all the steps, not just the first two.

Cross Color B

Step 1:  Cross the color B cords right over left.

Mentally number the cords where they are now, moving left to right.

Cord 1

Step 2:  Moving left to right, pass cord 1 under cord 2 and over 3.

Pass it under cord 4.

Design Tip:  I consider this a modified version of a Half Knot because the only change is in the first step.  The working cord passes under - over the fillers, instead of over both. 

The second step is tied like a regular Half Knot:

Cord 4

Step 3:  Pass cord 4 under cords 2 and 3.

As you pull it out on the left, it goes over cord 1.

Important:  Notice that cord 2 is in front of the horizontal portion of cord 1.

Cord 2 should always be in this position after the Half knot is complete.

You can place a piece of tape on cord 2 so you can locate it more easily.

Cord 2

Step 4:  Pass cord 2 under cord 3, which comes out from the back of the previous knot.

The crossing of the fillers is the most important step in the Asclepius Rod Bar.  

You will always cross cord 2 under cord 3, which can also be viewed as front under back.

Right to Left

Step 5:   Move the working cord on the right under filler cord 2, over filler 3, and under the left working cord.

Left to Right

Step 6:  Pass the working cord on the left under both fillers and over the right working cord.

Pull both ends to tighten the Half knot.

Step 7:  Follow the same process as in steps 4 - 6, to make the remainder of the Asclepius Rod Bar.  Make sure you cross filler cord 2 (front), under cord 3 each time.

When you start the Half knot, the working cord should always pass under filler cord 2, so it remains in the front.    

The images below show you the next Half Knot:

Steps 1 - 2
<< Cross filler cord 2 under 3.

Move the working cord on the left under - over the two fillers and under the right working cord.

Move the right working cord under both fillers and over the right working cord.  >>
Step 3


Step 8:  You need to decide if you want the Asclepius Rod Bar to be closely woven, or expanded so there is space between the knots.

For a design with the knots close together, continue repeating steps 4 - 6 until the size is what you want.

For an expanded design, stop when the sennit is 2/3 the finished size.  So for a 8-inch size, stop at approximately 5 inches.

To stretch the knots apart, secure the top to your board, near the loop. Slide each knot towards the ends (at the bottom).

When it's the proper size, tie the final knot to secure the ends:

Step 9:  Tie a normal Half knot, passing one cord over both fillers and the other under both fillers.

Step 10:  Finish off the working cords (color A), in whatever manner you prefer.  When using Paracord, you need to melt the tips after cutting.

The filler cords (color B) are used to attach a button or bead, or to tie a Button knot, for a clasp (optional).

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