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Bug Belly Bar

Bug Belly Bar

The Bug Belly Bar is very similar in appearance to the Trilobite Knot, but there are added elements.

It makes a great key ring design, especially if you make it with brightly colored Paracord material, as I did in the example shown.

This decorative knot can also be used to make bracelets, purse straps, dog collars and more.


I found this unique design on the Fusion Knots website, which contains a video gallery filled with tutorials.

Designs by JD Lenzen

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  Fusion Knots
Make a Long Loop  

Step 1: Determine the size you wish to make, and cut one cord at least 4 times that length.

Make a long loop in the center, so the ends cross right over left (at the top).

The loop should be the size of the bar + 2 inches.

First Step for Weaving  

Step 2: Move the right half over both sides of the loop, heading left.

Move the left half under the left side of the loop. Move it over the right half of the cord (center), and under the right side of the loop.


Weaving Process  

Step 3: The working end now on the right should be moved over both sides of the loop, heading left.

Move the left half under the left side of the loop, over the right end, and under the right side.

This is the same as step 2, except the two halves of the cord have switched places.


Right Under, Left Over   Step 4: Here is the most important key to making the Bug Belly Bar:

Always finish each row with the working end on your right over the left side of the loop.

The left half needs to be under the right side of the loop.

Repeat the Weaving  

Step 5: Repeat steps 3 and 4, pushing the coils close together as you progress.

To make a key ring, stop when you are about 2 inches from the bottom of the loop.

Turn and Flip   Step 6: Flip the Bug Belly Bar and turn it so the loop is at the top.

The right end should be exiting the loop over the right edge.

Direct End Through Side Loop  

Step 7: Pull the first loop along the side so there is room for the end to pass through.

Direct the right end through it heading downward, towards the starting point.


Weave End Through Side Loops  

Step 8: Use needle nose pliers or tweezers to pull on every other loop, so you can pass the right end through. Stop when you reach the bottom.




Step 9: Repeat steps 7 and 8 on the left side of the Bug Belly Bar, weaving the left end through every other loop, exactly the same as on the right.

To make a key ring, trim the ends so they are the same size, and pass beads over each one. Tie a finishing knot near the tips to hold the beads in place.

The loop at the top is passed through the ring holding the keys. Fold the bar and ends through the loop, making a Larks Head knot.


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