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 Footprint Bar

Footprint Bar

Description:   The Footprint Bar is a Square Knot pattern featuring the addition of an extra cord. 

The knots are tied in such a way that the second cord forms a series of loops resembling footprints.

In the images shown, I used nylon Paracord, which I recommend you use when practicing knots.   Make sure you heat and melt the ends when using this material.

A loop can be left on either end. A button, bead, or button knot can be used to form a clasp.

This decorative knot was found on the Fusion Knots website -- "Caterpillar Footed Solomon Bar"

The design described below has been slightly
altered from the original.

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Fusion Knots

Preparation:  To practice the Footprint bar, cut one working cord (Cord 1), at least 72 inches long.

Cord 2 should be at least 25 inches long.

To make a Macrame project with the Footprint Bar, the working cord needs to be cut to at least 9 x the finished length of what you want to make. 

Cord 2 should be 3 x the finished length and be a contrast color.

Cut this cord longer if you plan to tie a button knot to make a clasp.

Fold Cord

Step 1:  Fold the working cord in half and secure it on your board with the ends heading away from you.

Mentally label the two halves right and left.

Fold Ends

Step 2:  Bring both ends back towards you, folding them again.  Make sure all 3 folds are secured.

Measure from the lower fold to the two at the top.  Adjust the cord until the area is 5 inches long.  

Important:  When making a Macrame project with the Footprint Bar, the distance between the folds should be the finished length you are aiming for.

Add 1-inch if you need a loop at the bottom.

Left Working Cord

Step 3:  Now you will tie the first half of a Square knot. The loop in the center acts as the fillers.

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

Right Working Cord

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

As you pull it out on the left, pass it over the left working cord.

Pull on the ends to tighten the knot most of the way, but leave it a little loose.

Second Cord

Step 4:  Pass cord 2 through the two loops at the top. 

Pass it over - under - over the three areas as shown.

Match the ends to center the new cord, and then tighten the first cord as much as possible.  

You can create a loop with cord 2, and tie a button knot (or use a bead or button) at the bottom.
This allows you to use the Footprint Bar to make jewelry designs or a belt.

For a key ring, you can place a loop here at the top,
or at the bottom (see step 7).

Optional Loop

Right Working Cord

Step 5:  Move the ends of cord 2 straight down, between the working cords and the filler in the center.

Move the right working cord to the left, passing over the fillers and cord 2

Bring it under the left working cord.

Left Working Cord

Move the left working cord over the left half of cord 2, and under the fillers.

As you pull it out on the right, make sure it goes over both halves of cord 2 and the right working cord.  Pull both ends to tighten the knot.

This completes the second half of the Square Knot.

Begin First Half

Step 6:  The first half of the second knot starts by moving both halves of cord 2 out of the way.

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

Complete First Half

Move the right working cord under the fillers and over the left working cord, as you pull it out on the left.

Repeat Step 5

To complete the Square knot, repeat step 5.

For the second half of each knot, make sure each working cord passes over both halves of cord 2.


Step 7:  Repeat step 6 several more times, until the bar is the finished length you planned to make.  When you measure, include the loop.

You can leave a loop to attach a key ring, or tie the knots close to the folded area.

Pass the ends of cord 2 through the loop.

Step 8:  You have 3 options for finishing the Footprint Bar:

Option 2: Use the ends of cord 2 to tie a Button knot. 

The Knife Knot, also called the Diamond knot, is the best one to make.  It won't have a loop at the top, since you make it with two ends.

Option 3:  Add a bead or button to make a clasp, if you left a loop at the top.

Option 1:  Turn over the bar and move the ends to the back.    Complete the next step:

Back of Bar

Pass both ends of cord 2 under the back of the second SK resting near the end of the bar.

Pass the ends of cord 1 under the third knot.  Apply glue and when it's dry, cut off the excess material.

When using Paracord, melt the material with a flame after cutting.

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