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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 so that the second cord forms a series of loops resembling footprints. 

A loop can be left on both ends.  You can also apply a button, bead, or button knot to form a clasp.

The images show nylon Parachute cord, which I recommend you use when practicing knots.   Make sure you melt the tips with a flame whenever you use this material.

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

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

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Preparation:  To practice the Footprint bar, cut one working cord, at least 72 inches long.   Cut cord 2 at least 25 inches long.

In the images, the working cord is brown, and cord 2 is light gray.

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 should be a contrasting 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 vertically at the center, with the ends heading towards the back of the project board.

Mentally label the two halves the left and right working ends.

Fold Ends

Step 2:  Bring both working ends back towards the front of the board, folding them again.  Secure these folds as well.

Measure from the center fold back to the others.  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 folded portion in the center acts as the fillers.

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

Right Working Cord

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

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

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 tighten the working 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 both halves of cord 2 straight down, between the working ends and the folded portion (fillers) in the center.

Move the left working end back to the left, passing over the fillers and cord 2. 

Bring it under the right working end.

Left Working Cord

Move the right working end back to the right, passing over the left half of cord 2, and under the fillers.

As you pull it out on the right, make sure it goes over the right half of cord 2 and the left working end. 

Tighten the Square knot firmly.

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 end to the right, over the fillers and under the right working end.

Complete First Half

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

Repeat Step 5

To complete the Square knot, repeat step 5.

Designer's Tip:  Every time you tie the second half of the Square knots, make it a habit to verify that the working ends pass over both halves of cord 2.

Step 7:  Repeat step 6 several more times, until the SK are very close to the center fold of the working cord.  

You can stop sooner if you need a larger loop, as in the image below.

When using the Footprint Bar in a Macrame project, you would continue until the bar is the finished length you planned to make. 


Step 7, continued: Pass the ends of cord 2 through the folded area.

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

Option 1: 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 2:  Add a bead or button to make a clasp, if you left a loop at the top.

Option 3:  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 second SK, counting backward from the lower edge 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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