The Asclepius Rod Bar is a unique
decorative knot with elements similar to a
You have the option of expanding the knots
so they are separated, or keep them close
The crossed portions form a S-shaped
design, which makes the bar look like the
Asclepius, which is a staff
wrapped with a snake.
This Greek symbol represents the healing
arts, and has a very interesting ancient
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
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 a flame to seal the inner core.
found this design on the Fusion
Knots website, under the
name "Rod of Asclepius Bar".
by JD Lenzen
Click on the image or link to visit his
gallery contains tutorials for a
wide variety of combination knots and
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
B in the example shown.
practice, cut the two cords to at least 60
When making a project with this knot, cut the
cords as follows:
Both cords at least
10 times the finished length
A --at least 14 times
the finished length Color
B -- at least 12 times the finished
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 the right
half of color
the front of the crossed area.
Move the left half under
the crossing point.
Move the color
A cord on the rightover
both halves of color B and underthe
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.
Bring the color Acordon
both halves of color B and over
the right color A cord.
Adjust the loop again, then tighten the
knot by pulling on the ends.
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 color
A (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.
1: Cross the color
Mentally number the cords where
they are now.
2: Moving left to right,
cord 2 and over
Pass it under
Tip: 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
The second step is tied like a regular Half Knot:
3: Pass cord
2 and 3.
As you pull it out on the left,
it goes over
Important:Notice that cord
2 is in front
of the horizontal portion of cord 1.
Cord 2 should alwaysbe in this positionafter the
Half knot is complete.
You can place a piece of tape on cord 2 so you can
locate it more easily.
3, which comes out from the back
of the previous knot.
The crossingof the fillers is the most
important step in the Asclepius Rod Bar.
From this point on, always cross cord 2undercord3,
which is the same as front under
5: Move the working
cord on the right
under filler cord 2, over
filler 3, and under
the left working cord.
6: Pass the working cord
fillers and over
the right working cord.
Pull both ends to tighten the Half knot.
steps 4 - 6to make a few more knots for the Asclepius
Rod Bar. See step 8 for more information.
Make sure you cross filler cord 2 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:
cord 2 under
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.
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
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
Half knot, passing one cord over
both fillers and the other under
Finish off the working cords(color
A), in whatever manner you prefer. When
using Paracord, you need to melt the tips after
cords (color B) are used to attach a
button or bead, or to tie a Button knot, for a
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