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Link Weave

 
 Link Weave

 

Description: The Link Weave features large curved segments that resemble links in a chain. They are arranged so that one color is above another, which makes the design reversible.

This interesting knot can be used to make a Macrame belt, or a purse handle. Other items like dog collars and Paracord bracelets can be made using this unique design.

This decorative knot looks best if made with two colors.

To see a Macrame project using this technique, go to the Reversible Belt.

 
 

I found this interesting knot on the Fusion Knots website, under the name KBK Bar.

Designs by JD Lenzen

A tutorial for this decorative knot is available in the video gallery, which contains a wide variety of unique decorative knots.

  Fusion Knots
 

 

To practice, you need two cords, each at least 60 inches long. 

When making a project with the Link Weave, multiply the length you need by 6, and cut the cords to that length.

 
 
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Sailors Knot

 

Step 1: You need to first make a Sailors Knot, to connect the two cords and give you four ends to work with. 

Secure one end of color A to your board, on the left. 

Place color B on the right.

 
Loop 1  

Move down 45 inches. 

Rotate the working end counter-clockwise to make the first loop.

Pass it under the secured end to make the crossing point.

 

 
Important: The secured end of both cords are longer than the lower portion, because they will later be the working ends for the Link Weave.

For the Sailors knot, the working ends are at the bottom:

 
 
Start Loop 2  

Step 2:  Move color B over the loop, and under the working end of color A.

Bring it over the secured end, as you rotate it clockwise.

 

 
Complete Loop 2   Step 3: Weave the working end of color B through the loop of color A, under - over - under the three segments.
 

 
Tighten the Knot  

Step 4: Tighten the Sailors Knot by pulling on the ends.

Adjust the knot so that the secured ends, which are at the top, are still longer than the ones on the bottom.

 


When making a project, the lower portion of the cords need to be:

Finished length of the design + 6 inches(see image below)

Most of the material will be at the TOP, since that half will be used to tie the remaining knots and needs to be longer.


 
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Link Weave


 
Step 1: Secure the Sailors Knot to your project board, so that the ends coming from the bottom are pulled taut.

Note that the colors have changed to green and black.
 

 
Position the Ends  

The lower half of the cords is the core, and should be mentally numbered 3 (left) and 2 (right).

The longer ends that were secured at the top now become the working cords. 

Mentally number them 1 (right) and 4 (left) as shown.

 

 
Working Cord 1   Step 2: Move working cord 1 to the left, so it's  horizontal.

Pass it under the core (2 and 3), and over cord 4. Secure it on the left.
 

 
Working Cord 4  

Step 3: Move working cord 4 over cord 3. Bring it under the horizontal segment of cord 1 that rests between cords 2 and 3.  It should be diagonal.

Pass it over cord 2, and under the curved segment of cord 1 on the far right.

 


Design Tip:  The loops in the weave can be any size, depending on how you are using this knot. 

I recommend you leave some space, so you can see the overall design more clearly.


 
Working Cord 4  

Step 4: Tighten the first Knot by pulling on all four ends. Secure cords 2 and 3 again, so they're taut.

The working ends (1 and 4) have now switched places.

Move cord 4 to the left, passing over cords 2 and 3. Bring it under cord 1 on the left, and secure it.

 

 
Working Cord 1  

Step 5: Move cord 1 under cord 3. Bring it over the horizontal segment of cord 4 that rests between cords 2 and 3. It should be diagonal.

Pass it under cord 2, and over the curved portion of cord 4 on the far right.

 

 
Repeat Steps 2 - 3  

Step 6: Now the working ends are back in their original positions.

Repeat steps 2 - 6 several times, until the Link Weave design is the size you want.

 

 
Square Knot  

Step 7:   Use the working cords (1 and 4) to tie a Square Knot around cords 2 and 3, which are the fillers.

Add glue while tightening, so it's on the inside

Finish off the working cords by cutting them close to the Square knot.  Heat and melt the ends if using Paracord.

 


The center space in the first Sailor knot can function as a loop for a clasp. 

Use the remaining two cords to tie a button knot for the other half of the clasp.  The best button knot to use is the Knife Knot.

You could also use a button or bead.


 


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