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 Double Spirals



Double Spiral Stitch

Double Alternating Spiral

Double Spiral Stitch


Double Alternating Spiral




Description:  These Double Spirals are unique 2-color Spiral Stitch designs, also called the Half Knot Spiral.
 
They are tied in such a way that the sennits have double edges, which makes them thicker than the regular Spiral Stitch.


You need two colors, and it's helpful if you use a third color for the fillers.  Make sure you use a project board and pins when you practice. 




Double Spiral

Double Spiral



The first of the two Double Spirals features two cords that twist in the same direction, so is the easiest to make.  

You will need 6 individual cords of two or more colors.  In the example shown, the working cords are blue and red.  The fillers are black.

To make Double Spirals for jewelry items or belts, you can use three cords folded in half.  Follow the instructions below:



Loop


After you construct the first two knots in steps 1 - 4, remove the pins from the working cords.  Tighten each knot, so it completely surrounds the filler cord and holds onto it.  

Adjust the loop by pulling on the ends of the filler.



6 Cords

Step 1:  Secure the cords to your board, so the fillers are on the inside.  Label the other four cords:

Color A Left and Right (outside)      

Color B Left and Right (next to fillers)




Color B

Step 2:  Start with the two cords closest to the fillers, which are color B.

Move the left cord to the right, passing it over the fillers and under the right cord.



Half Knot

Step 3:  Move the right color B cord to the left, passing it under the fillers and over the cord on the left.

Pull the ends to tighten the Half Knot.




Color A

Step 4:   Bring both color A cords under the color B cords. 

Tie a Half Knot with them, as you did in steps 2 - 3.

This is where you can tighten both knots around the filler cord, if you are using folded cords and need a loop.



Step 4, continued:  The cords switch places frequently, so mentally numbering them is difficult.   Just use the cords in the positions they are resting at the beginning of each step.

Designer's Tip: The key to making Double Spirals is to keep the over - under pattern consistent, as described below.

 


Color B

Step 5:  Move the color B cord over color A on the left.

Move the color B cord under color A on the right.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 to tie the next Half Knot with color B.



Color A

Step 6:  The under - over pattern for color A is the opposite:

Move the color A cord under color B on the left.

Move the color A cord over color B on the right.

Repeat steps 2 and 3 to tie the next Half Knot with color A.



Step 7:  Repeat steps 5 and 6 several times, to complete the sennit.  Make sure you alternate the colors.

Here's a review of the over - under sequence:

Color B should always be moved over the left color A cord, and under the right color A cord. 

Color A  should always be moved under the left color B cord, and over the right color B cord. 



Color B

Here's the next step:

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

Tie the Half knot.



Spiral

Eventually the knots will begin to spiral. 

Whenever you make Double Spirals, twist the sennit as needed, so the knots are ALWAYS facing you as you tie them, and are not sideways.




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Double Alternating Spiral

Double Alternating Spiral



The second Double Spiral you will now learn is more complex.  The main difference is that the two cords twist in opposite directions. 

You tie right Half Knots with two cords of one color.  With the others, you tie left Half Knots.

Pay very close attention to the over - under pattern of the cords as you work with each color. 

You need 6 cords, or 3 folded in half if you want a loop for a clasp. 

 
Arrangement

Step 1:  Secure the cords to your board, so the fillers are on the inside (black).    Label the other four cords as follows:

Color A Left and Right (outside)      

Color B Left and Right (next to fillers)



Color B

Make a RIGHT Half knot with color B, by moving the right cord to the left.

Pass it over the fillers and under the left color B cord.



Right Half Knot

Step 2:  To complete the right Half knot, move the left color B cord under the fillers, heading right.

Pull it out on the right side, over the right cord.



Important:  Double Spirals MUST be consistent, or the design won't work out. 

Every time you use color B you will be tying RIGHT Half Knots, and repeating steps 1 and 2.

When using color A, you tie LEFT Half Knots, and repeat steps 3 and 4:




Color A

Step 3:  Move the color A cords under the color B cords.

Start the LEFT Half Knot by moving the left color A cord over the fillers and under the right cord.



Left Half Knot

Step 4:  Complete the left Half Knot by moving the right color A cord under the fillers and over the left cord.

This is where you tighten both Half Knots around the filler if the cords have been folded to make a loop.



Color B

Step 5:  On the left, pass the color B cord under the color A cord.

On the right, pass the color B cord over color A.

Tie a RIGHT Half Knot with color B, as in steps 1 - 2.



Color A

Step 6:   On the left, pass the color A cord over the color B cord.

On the right, pass color A under color B.

Tie a LEFT Half Knot with color A, as in steps 3 - 4.



Twisting Detail

Step 7:  Repeat steps 5 and 6 to continue making this variation of Double Spirals.

Color A will twist one direction, and color B the opposite.  Try to keep the cords arranged in an X formation as shown. 



Straight

Important:  Turn the sennit as needed so that the two cords you are using are straight and facing you as you tie the knot.

Do not try to tie the knot sideways. 


 

Detail

It won't be long before you notice the shifts in color, or that this variation of Double Spirals has four surfaces.




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