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 Oat Spike


Oat Spike

 
Description:  The Oat Spike is a variation of Endless Falls.  It's easy to tie, so is a good way for children and beginners to learn the art of tying knots.

This decorative knot requires two cords of contrasting colors.

The loop is optional, but is the best way to make a clasp if you plan to make a Macrame bracelet, belt or key holder.
 


This knot was found in Fusion Knots.

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

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To practice the Oat Spike, you need two cords at least 45 inches long. 

The cords should be at least 10 times the finished length if you plan to make a project with this knot.

Increase the length if you intend to make a button knot for the clasp.

In the example, the working cord is yellow and the holding cord is brown



Cross

Step 1:  Fold the working cord in half and secure it to your board at the center.

Do the same with the holding cord, placing it under the working cord.

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

 

Right End

Step 2:  Move the right half of the working cord backward, passing over the crossed area of the holding cord.

Pass it through the space to the right of the working cord. Bring it under the crossing point of the holding cord as you pull it toward you.



This is where the Oat Spike is different from Endless Falls: 

The working cord passes through the space to the right or left, NOT between the two halves.



Left End

Step 3:  Move the left half of the working cord backward, passing over the crossed area.

Pass it through the space to the left of the working cord.  Bring it under the crossing point as you pull it toward you.



Tighten

Step 4:  Tightening the Oat Spike is an important part of the design.

First, pull on the holding cord to remove the slack.

Pull both halves of the working cord horizontally, keeping them above the holding cord.



Pass Over

Step 5:  Move the working cord over the holding cord.

They are now in position for the next knot, which is a repeat of steps 1 - 4.  (see below)



Cross

Step 6:  Repeat step 1, moving the holding cord on top of the working cord.

Cross the two halves right over left.

I've indicated the spaces where the two halves of the working cord pass through in the next step.



Loops

Step 7:  Repeat steps 2 and 3. 




Tighten

Step 8:  Repeat step 4, carefully tightening the knot.


Make sure the working cord rests above the holding cord when you are finished.



Continue

Step 9:  Continue on, repeating steps 5 - 8 several more times, or until the sennit is the size you need for your project.




Square Knot

Step 10:  Move the working cord into position on the inside, as in step 5. 

Tie a Square Knot with the holding cord.

You can now finish off the ends of the holding cord in the back of the sennit, and tie a button knot with both halves of the working cord, if you need one.





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