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Mystical Chain


Mystical Chain

 
Description:    The Mystical Chain is a unique decorative knot based on the Endless Falls design. 

It's easy to tie, and kids will enjoy using it to make fun Macrame projects such as key chains and bracelets.

Creating it with at least two colors is important, or you won't see the chain link design as clearly. 

Use a light color for the primary working cord, as in the images shown (yellow).  The two holding cords should be dark colors, to provide the most contrast.

Make sure you know how to tie Endless Falls as well as a Square Knot.

 


This knot is on the Fusion Knots website, under the name

 Mystical Chained Endless Falls

Click on the image or link to visit the site. 

The video gallery contains a wide variety of combination knots and techniques.

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Preparation



To practice the Mystical Chain, cut one cord of three different colors, each at least 60 inches long.

To use this decorative knot in a Macrame project, first determine the length of the item you wish to make (finished length).  Cut the cords as follows:

  • Working Cord -- Finished length x 10
  • Holding Cords  -- Finished length x 2, then add 12 inches

Prepare the ends with tape or glue to prevent unraveling. 

You need to melt the cut ends with a flame to seal the inner fibers, if using Parachute cord (Paracord).  See Cord Preparation for more details.




In the images shown, the working cord is gold. It forms the chain link design down the center.

The holding cords are dark green and brown, which are seen along the edges of the sennit.



Fold Cords

Step 1: Fold the working cord in half and secure it to your board.   Place holding cord A under it, and secure it so the centers line up.

Move both halves of the holding cord on top of the working cord, and cross them right over left.




Fold Cord

Fold both halves of the working cord backward, passing over the crossed area of the holding cord.

Bring them down through the space, passing under the crossed area as you pull them toward you. 




Step 1, continued:  Tighten the holding cord first, followed by the working cord. 

Reduce the size of the loop at the top to 3/4-inches if you plan to make a button knot at the other end (for a clasp).



Cord B

Step 2:  Turn the knot over so the FRONT is face up.

Fold holding cord B in half and slide it through the loop made by holding cord A.  It should rest on top of the working cord.


Over Loop

Pass the folded area of holding cord B over the loop at the top, so it rests under the working cord.

Tighten all three cords firmly, then turn the knot over so the BACK is face up again.




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Mystical Chain Design



Cord B

Step 3:  Move holding cord B over cord A on both sides.

Then cross the two halves of cord B right over left, resting on top of the working cord. 

Identify the spaces on either side of the working cord.




Fold Cord

Fold the right half of the working cord backward, passing over the crossing point of the holding cord. 

Move it through the space on the right (R), then under the crossing point and toward you.  

Important: Pull it slightly to the right so it rests to the right of the folded portion.



Step 3, continued:  Fold the left half of the working cord in the same manner, moving through the space on the left (L). 

Important: Pull it slightly to the left so it rests to the left of the folded portion.


Tighten the knot firmly by pulling on both halves of holding cord B first, followed by each half of the working cord.



Cord A

Step 4:  Move holding cord A over cord B on both sides.  Cross the two halves of it right over left, resting on top of the working cord.

Identify the space between the two halves of the working cord.  


Fold

Fold both halves of the working cord backward, passing over the crossed area of the holding cord. 

Bring them through the space and under the crossed area as you pull them toward you. 

They should both rest between the folded portions when you are finished.  Tighten the knot firmly.



Step 5:  As you continue making the Mystical Chain, the key to success is to understand the difference between steps 3 and 4:



Cord B

In step 3, when you are folding the working cord around holding cord B, each half passes through a different space (L and R). 

You pull the cord sideways so they rest either to the right or left of the folded portion.  In other words, they are heading away from each other (arrows).



Cord A

In step 4, when you are folding the working cord around holding cord A, both halves pass through the same space, so they end up close together and resting between the folded portions.

They are heading toward each other (arrows).



Repeat

Repeat steps 3 and 4 several times, until the sennit is the length you need for your project.

Take note of which holding cord you used for the last knot.  Use the other one for the next step.



Finish

Step 6: Tie a Square Knot with the holding cord, around the other two cords.

When using the Mystical Chain in a Macrame project, other knots can be used to secure the knots if you prefer something else. 



Front

Step 7:  Turn the sennit over so you can see the design on the front.

Finish off the ends of the cords in the manner most appropriate for your project.  The best cord to use if you plan to make a button knot is the holding cord you did not use to tie the Square Knot.

 




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