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Boot Lace Bar


Boot Lace Bar

Description:  The Boot Lace Bar is a unique design that combines Half Hitches with extra loops.

This decorative knot includes a Square knot, so be sure you know how to tie one.

The loops along the sides represent the grommets, and the light colored areas are the laces for the boots.


Paracord was used in the example shown.  The tips of the cords need to be melted with a flame during preparation.


 

This knot design came from the Fusion Knots website.  Click the image or link to visit.

The video gallery contains many unique combination knots as well as historical knots.

Fusion Knots
 



Preparation:

To practice, you need two cords, each at least 1 yard long.  You should have one dark and one light color.

When making a project with the Boot Lace Bar, determine the finished length you wish to make. Multiply the finished length by 9.   Cut both cords to that length.

Cut the light cord (color B) longer if you plan to make a button knot for a clasp.

Prepare the ends in the most appropriate manner for the material you are using.  For details on how to prepare Paracord, see Cord Preparation.



The loop at the top is optional, but you should make it when practicing since it's the best way to start the bar.

Cord A = Dark          Cord B = Light



Loop

Step 1:  Make a loop in the center of Cord A, crossing right over left.

Slide Cord B through the loop horizontally. 

Line up the centers and secure both cords to your board.



Vertical

Move the right half of Cord B so it's vertical, resting on top of the crossed area.

The left half should rest underneath the crossed area.
 


Left Half



Step 2:   Move the left half of Cord A over Cord B, heading left. 

Pass it under the right half of Cord A.



Right Half



Move the right half under Cord B, heading right. 

Pull it out on the right, passing it over the curved area of Cord A.



Tighten

Tighten the knot and adjust the size of the loop (see tip below).

Arrange the two halves of Cord B so they are side-by-side.



Designer's Tip:  The loop can be used as a clasp when making the Boot Lace Bar for Paracord bracelets. 

The size of the loop should be only slightly larger than the item used for the closure (button, bead, or knot).



Half Hitch

Step 3:  Mentally number the cords 1 - 4.  

Tie a clockwise Half Hitch with Cord 3 over -under cords 1 and 2.

As you pull it to the right, pass over Cord 3.




Loop

Step 4: Use Cord 1 to make a clockwise loop, passing the working end through the Half Hitch over - under.

Important:  The working end needs to pass under to form the crossing point. This should take place inside the Half Hitch (white U in image).



Tighten

Tightening the knots in the Boot Lace Bar should be done in a specific way.

First, work the slack out of Cord 1 in the area indicated in this image.  Then tighten that loop completely.

Tighten the Half Hitch by pulling on cord 3.



Half Hitch

Step 5:  Using Cord 2, tie a counter-clockwise Half Hitch over - under cords 3 and 4.

As you pull it to the left, pass over Cord 2.



Loop

Step 6: Make a counter-clockwise loop with Cord 4, passing through the Half Hitch over - under.

Make sure the working end passes under to make the crossing point, which should rest inside the Half Hitch.
 


Tighten

Tighten the loop made with Cord 4 first, followed by the Half Hitch.

There should be no slack in the area indicated.



Repeat

Step 7:  Repeat steps 3 and 4. 

Remember to pass the end under to make the crossing point for the loop made with Cord 1.

When tightening, be sure to remove all the slack between the loops.



Repeat

Step 8:  Repeat steps 5 and 6.  



Repeat

Step 9:  Repeat steps 7 and 8 several more times, until you have 8 - 12 inches of material left.

In a Macrame project using the Boot Lace Bar, stop when the band is the size you need.



Square knot

Step 10:  Tie a Square Knot to finish the bar. 

The direction depends on which side you stopped tying the loops:

Last knot on Left = Right Square Knot

Last knot on Right = Left Square Knot



Back

Step 11:  Move the ends of Cord A to the back of the bar, and finish them off by sliding them under the knots.  (Optional if just practicing)

The ends of Cord B can be used to form a button knot for a clasp.





 


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