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Guitar Bar

 Guitar Bar


Description: The Guitar Bar is a very unique way to use Half Hitches. They are arranged in horizontal rows, and are attached to vertical holding cords.

You flip over the sennit every other row, so raised areas form. The design will resemble the frets of a guitar.

This interesting Macrame design can be used for bracelets, belts, key chains, and other similar projects where you need a thick sturdy band of decorative knots.

In these images, I used 4mm Paracord, which I recommend.  

When using more flexible material, the band will have a tendency to twist.



I found the Guitar Bar on the Fusion Knots website.

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The video gallery contains tutorials for a large variety of  interesting combination knots.

I highly recommend the books!

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To practice, you need three 20-inch holding cords, and one 72-inch working cord.

When creating a project, such as a bracelet, use this formula:

  • Holding Cords: Finished size of item x 2.5
  • Working Cord: Finished size x 12

These measurements will work for other items, like key chains and belts.

Make sure to add more length to all the cords if you need to make a clasp.



Step 1: For this decorative knot, you need to use a project board, since pins are needed to keep the cords taut.

Arrange all the cords vertically on your board. Secure the cords at the center.

The working cord needs to be on the left.  Place a piece of masking tap across the cords horizontally, at the center. This way the first row of knots will line up in a neat row.

Secure the holding cords so they are straight and have tension.

This helps to eliminate the twisting that sometimes occurs as you construct the Guitar Bar.


Tie a counter-clockwise Half Hitch with the working cord, onto the first holding cord:

First Half Hitch  

Move the working cord over - under the holding cord.

Bring it over the working cord as you pull it left.

Tighten the knot firmly.



Design Tip: By starting in the center, you work towards the ends. This allows you to make a clasp when you are finished with the Guitar Bar.

For a belt, you could just tie the ends together as the closure, or add a buckle.


Second Half Hitch  

Step 2: The first knot should now rest against the lower edge of the tape.

Use the working cord to tie the next Half Hitch onto the second holding cord.


Design Tip: Make sure you keep the end of the working cord on your left when tying the Half Hitches, so they are made counter-clockwise.

Third Half Hitch  

Step 3: Tie the next Half Hitch onto the third holding cord.


Flip Design Over  

Step 4: Flip the Guitar Bar, so the working cord is once again on the left.

The numbering of the cords has changed, but you will still work left to right.


Second Row  

Step 5: Start the next row by tying the Half Hitch with the working cord, onto holding cord 3 (left).

Remember to keep the end to your left, and rotate counter-clockwise.

When the row is finished, flip the design to the front, and repeat.


Stop at Half the Size   Step 6: Repeat steps 4 - 5 several times, until the Guitar Bar is 1/2 the size you need.

Make the Second Half  

Step 7: Turn the design around, and go back to the center.

Make the second half of the bar the same as the first half.   Tie the knots from left to right, and rotate counter-clockwise.


Step 8:  When the Guitar Bar is the size you want, tie an Overhand knot with the 4 cords.  Do this at both ends. 

The purpose for the Overhand knots is to hold the last rows of Half Hitches in place.  You can tie one knot using all the cords, or tie a knot in each cord separately.

You can use other types of finishing knots, too. Oysterman knots work well, as do Stevedore Knots.

For something more decorative, try a Triangle knot or a Celtic Button.

You can also finish off two cords at each end.   A simple clasp can then be made by passing two ends through a bead from right to left

Pass the two cords from the opposite end through the bead from left to right.

Tie finishing knots at the tips of the cords, to prevent them from sliding through.


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