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 Caged Solomon Bar


Caged Solomon Bar

 
Description:   The Caged Solomon Bar features the Square Knot, but loops are made with the filler cords, which makes it unique.  This design looks best with two colors, so the loops stand out.

Both the front and back look nice, so this knot could be used to make a Macrame belt that's reversible.  The image above shows the front of the knot.  As you make it, you are looking at the back.

There is a loop at the top that you can use as a clasp for a bracelet or belt.  At the bottom, you tie a button knot or add a regular button or bead to the filler cords. 

You can start this design in the center and work in both directions, if your project works out better that way.  There will be no loop.


Beginners new to Macrame should learn how to tie the Square Knot before trying this variation.


Parachute cord is used in the example shown.  Please read Cord Preparation if you plan to use it, so you know how to treat the tips to prevent unraveling.


2017 Update:  The images and text has been changed, so contact me if you need the original page.
 



I found this pattern on the Fusion Knots website

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.

Fusion Knots



 
Step 1:  To practice, cut two cords at least 60 inches long. 

To use the Caged Solomon Bar in a project, the cords should be at least 7.5 x the finished length you are trying to make.



Loop

Make a loop in the center of the working cord, crossing right over left.



Filler

Fold the filler cord in half and arrange it around the crossing point of the loop. 



Step A


Step 2: Mentally label the two halves of the working cord where they rest now. Mark the left half with a piece of tape.

Right SK Step A: Curve the right half of the working cord over the fillers, heading left. 

Bring it under the left half of the working cord.



Step B

Right SK Step B:  Move the left half of the working cord under the fillers, heading right. 

Pass it over the curved portion of the right half as you pull it out on the right.

Tighten firmly and adjust the size of the loop.



Designer's Tip:  The reason you marked the left half of the working cord is because the filler cord is ALWAYS folded around that segment (next step).

Also note that as you make the Caged Solomon Bar, each half of the SK begins by moving the right half of the working cord (steps A and C). 



Fold Filler

Step 3:  Fold the right half of the filler cord around the left half of the working cord, which is now on the right.  It should be almost horizontal.

Bring it back to where it started, and curve it so it's vertical again.



Step C

Right SK Step C:  Move the right half of the working cord to the right.

Bring it over the fillers and under the left half of the working cord.



Step D

Right SK Step D: Move the left half of the working cord under the two fillers, heading left.

Pass it over the right half as you pull it out on the left.

Tighten the SK firmly.  Then tighten the folded portion of the filler cord.




Fold

Step 4:  Fold the left half of the filler cord around the left half of the working cord.

Bring it back to where it started, curving it so it's vertical again.



Right Half
 

Right SK Step A:  Move the right half of the working cord over the fillers, heading left.
 
Move it under the left half of the working cord.



Left Half

Right SK Step B: Move the left half of the working cord under the two fillers.  Pass it over the right half as you pull it out on the right.

Tighten the knot first, then pull the left filler to tighten the folded portion.



Repeat

Step 5: Repeat step 3, folding the right half of the filler, and tying Steps C and D of the Square knot.


Repeat

Step 6: Repeat steps 4 and 5 several times, until the Caged Solomon Bar is the size you want to make.

Stop on Step 4.  Then tie the second half of the SK without folding the filler (Steps C and D).



Finishing

Step 7:  To finish off the ends of the working cord, pass them under one of the loops in the BACK of the bar, which is the portion you see as you work on it.

Apply glue, then cut off the excess.  Melt the stubs if using Paracord material. 



Knife Knot

Step 8 (Optional):  You can tie a button knot with the fillers, or add a button or bead, if you need a clasp.

The Knife Knot, also called the Diamond Knot, is shown here. 

 



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