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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 light and dark 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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Fusion Knots

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

To make an item with this knot, the cords should be at least 12 times the finished length you want to make. 

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


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

Do the same with the dark cord, placing it under the light cord.

Bring the ends of the dark cord to the front and cross them right over left.


Right End

Step 2:  Make a loop with the right half of the light cord, moving the end up and over the crossed area of the other cord.

Pass the end into the space indicated, to the right of the cord you are working with, next to the right curve of the dark cord.

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

The ends of the light cord pass to either the right and left of the two halves of the same cord, NOT between them

Left End

Step 3:  Move the left half of the light cord over the crossed area.

Bring the end through the space indicated, to the left of the cord you are working with, next to the left curve of the dark cord.


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

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

Pull the ends of the light cord horizontally, keeping them above the ends of the dark cord.

Pass Over

Step 5:  Move the ends of the light cord over the dark cord.

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


Step 6:  Repeat step 1, moving the dark cord on top of the light cord.

Cross the ends right over left.

I've indicated the spaces where the ends of the light cord pass through in the next step.


Step 7:  Repeat steps 2 and 3. 


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

Make sure the ends of the light cord rest above those of the dark cord when you are done.


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

Square Knot

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

Tie a Square Knot with the dark cord.

You can now finish off the ends of the dark cord.

Use the light cord to tie a button knot or add a bead to make a clasp. 

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