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Jagged Ladder Bar

Jagged Ladder Bar

Description: The Jagged Ladder Bar features horizontal segments resembling a ladder, and diagonal loops on the sides made with a second color.  The third color is optional, if you prefer just two.

Try to use one light and two dark colors for the best contrast.

This decorative knot is wide and relatively flat, so it makes a great Paracord bracelet. You can also use it for key rings, belts, pet collars, leashes and similar projects.

It's easy to tie and is a great way for beginners and children to become familiar with knotting and Macrame.



I found this design on the Fusion Knots website.

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The video gallery contains tutorials for this and other interesting knotting techniques and designs.


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Step 1: You need three 60-inch cords to practice the Jagged Ladder Bar.

Holding cord A -- Should be the darkest color, since it's behind the horizontal segments.  (Purple cord in the images)

Holding cord B -- Should be the lightest color, since it will form the steps of the ladder.  (Pink cord in the images).

Working cord -- Should either be the same as holding cord A, or you can use a different dark color.  (Turquoise cord in the images).

When using this technique for a Macrame project, the working cord needs to be at least 12 x the finished length you plan to make.  

The holding cords should be 2 x the finished length + 12 inches.  Cut one of them longer if you plan to make a button knot for a clasp.

When using Paracord, be sure to read Cord Preparation, which tells you how to prepare it properly for knotting.  Specific instructions for this material are near the bottom of that page.


Holding Cords
  Step 1:  Secure holding cord A to your board vertically after folding it in half.

Secure holding cord B under it, so the centers line up.  Bring both halves on top of cord A, then cross them right over left.

  Fold both halves of holding cord A backward, passing over the crossing point of cord B.

Pull them under the crossing point, then toward you. 

The two halves should rest between the folded portion when you are through.

Turn Over
  Step 2:  Tighten the two holding cords, then turn the knot over so you can see the horizontal segment of holding cord B.

Pass the working cord under that segment after folding it in half.

Over Loop
  Pass the folded area of the working cord over the loop at the top (holding cord A).   It will rest underneath it when you are done.

Tighten all three cords FIRMLY, adjusting the size of the loop. It should be at least 3/4-inch if you plan to make a button knot for a clasp.

  Step 3:  Arrange both halves of holding cord A vertically.

Pass the left half of holding cord B under cord A, heading right.

  Pass the right half of holding cord B over cord A, heading left.

Enlarge the loop so there is plenty of space to the right and left of cord A.

Working Cord
  Step 4:  Move the right half of the working cord over the loop made by holding cord B at both the top and bottom. 

Fold it under both halves of holding cord B in the area where they cross.  Pull it out through the space on the right, passing over cord B again as you do so.

Step 4 continued:  Move the left half of the working cord over the loop, then fold it under the crossed area. 

Pull it out through the space on the left, passing over cord B again.

Tighten holding cord B first, then tighten each half of the working cord.  The Jagged Ladder Bar will look better if all the knots are tightened firmly, so each one is the same. 


Step 5:  Mentally re-label the two halves of holding cord B where they rest now.

Repeat step 3.


Step 6:  Repeat step 4.

  Step 7:  Repeat steps 3 and 4 several times, until the Jagged Ladder Bar is the size appropriate for your project.

The horizontal segments of holding cord B form the "ladder", which should be the same width.  Tighten each knot carefully and consistently.

Designer's Tip:  The best way to ensure the "ladder" is the same width all the way down the sennit is to push the right and left edges of the sennit inward as you tighten each knot. 

The stitches made by the working cord should almost form a V-shape. 


Square Knot

Step 8:  Secure the sennit by tying a Square Knot with the working cord around the other cords.

Finish off the cords in the most appropriate method for your project. 

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