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Link Weave

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

This interesting knot can be used to make belts, dog collars, Paracord bracelets and more.  Use it any time you need a wide band with open space.  It can be tightened more than what you see on this page, but it looks better somewhat loose. 

This decorative knot should be made with two contrasting colors.  One dark and one light color looks especially nice.

 


Reversible Belt

The Reversible Belt is a Macrame project based on this technique. 

Click on the image or link the view the instructions for making it, if you want to give it a try.


 

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

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

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Preparation:

To practice, you need two cords, each at least 60 inches long.  Try to use two different colors.

To use the Link Weave in a project, cut the cords 8 x the finished length you want to make. 

In the example shown, cord A is gold and cord B is blue.

 
 
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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 segments to work with.   It also provides you with a loop for a clasp.

When using the Link Weave in a project, you can use two folded cords or four individual cords.

Measure from one end of each cord the finished length + 8 inches.  This gives you enough material to make a button knot for a clasp.  You don't need to add the 8 inches if it's not necessary for your project.  

The measured portion is called the short segment in the instructions. The remainder of the material is called the working end.

Secure both cords to your board vertically, with cord A on the left.


 
Right Loop   Make a counter-clockwise loop with the short segment of cord A

Place it at the measured area, passing under to make the crossing point.

Slide the loop under cord B at the measured area.
 

 
Left Loop   Start the left loop with cord B (short segment) by moving it clockwise, passing under the short segment of cord A, and over the working end of cord A.

Complete the loop by passing it under - over - under the three segments associated with the right loop.
 

 
Vertical
  Tighten the Sailors Knot, leaving a space for a button knot if you need one for a clasp. 

The entire band will be the same width as this knot, so adjust it until you like the size.

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Step 1, continued:  Measure the short segments again and make adjustments as needed so they are still the finished length + 8 inches.

Secure the short segments so they have tension and are vertical.  The working ends of both cords should be to the right and left of them, arranged vertically.
 


 
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Link Weave


 
Cord B
  Step 2:  Curve the working end of cord B to the left, passing under the short portion of both cords, and over the working end of cord A.
 

 
Cord A
  Curve the working end of cord A to the right, passing over the short segment of cord A. 

Move it diagonally under the working end of cord B, over the short segment of cord B, and under cord B again on the right.
 

 
Tighten
  Tighten the knot so it's the same width as the Sailors knot.

The curved portion of cord B on the right should be wide.  The diagonal segments on the left should be close together.

For cord A it's the opposite.
 


Cord A

Step 3: Move the working end of cord A to the left, passing over the short segments of both cords, and under the working end of cord B.



Designer's Tip:  For the second knot in the Link Weave, you start with the working end on the right, but the over - under sequence is the opposite of the first knot.

You will need to count the knots to keep track of which instructions to use.  All the even numbered knots will be made as shown in step 3, where you start with cord A.

The odd number knots are made like step 2, where you start with cord B.


 
Cord B
  Curve the working end of cord B to the right, passing under the short segment of cord A.

Move it diagonally over the working end of cord A, under the short segment of cord B, and over cord A again on the right.
 

 
Tighten
  Tighten the second knot so it's the same width as the first.

The wide area of cord B is on the left this time.  The diagonal segments should be close together on the right. 

For cord A it's the opposite.

 

 
Third Knot
  Step 4:  Repeat step 2 to tie the third knot.

In this image, the path of cord B is shown in black letters (right to left). 

The path of cord A is in white letters (left to right).
 

 
Fourth knot
  Step 5:  Repeat step 3 to tie the fourth knot.

In this image, the path of cord A is shown in black letters (right to left).

The path of cord B is in white letters (left to right).
 


Repeat

Step 6:  Repeat steps 2 - 5 at least one more time if you are practicing, or until the sennit is the size you want.



Square Knot

Step 7 (optional):  Finish the Link Weave by tying a Square Knot with the working ends.  The short segments are the fillers.

Turn the sennit to see which side you want as the front. 

Then finish off the working ends by securing them to the BACK of the sennit.



Button Knot

Step 8:  You can now tie a button knot with the short segments if you need a clasp.

This image shows a Knife Knot, also called the Diamond knot.  It can be made with two cords, which is why it's a great option.


 


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