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Rattlesnake Bar

 Rattlesnake Bar


Description: The Rattlesnake Bar is a very unique decorative knot, with a raised area in the center, making it look like a rattlesnake tail.

This is a thick, sturdy design that makes a great Macrame key ring, particularly if made with nylon Paracord, as in the images shown.

Try making it with flexible material to form bracelets, purse straps, and belts.

The ends can be finished off, as in the image above, or you can add other knots, beads or other decorations.


This design is on the  Fusion Knots website.

Designs by JD Lenzen

Click on this image or link to go to the site.  Be sure to view the video gallery, which contains tutorials for many unique decorative knots.

  Fusion Knots
Step 1: Determine how long you want the knot to be when it's finished.

Cut one cord 8 times that size.

Large Loop  

Form a loop near the right end, crossing right over left.

The loop should be the size you want the Rattlesnake Bar to be when it's finished.

The right end should be the same length as the loop, and be resting on the left.


Pass Under Left End  

Step 2: Bring the right end back to the right, passing under the left portion of the cord.

Secure the right end where it rests under the left, to mark it for when you get to step 9.


Mentally label the 3 Segments  

Step 3: You will use the left end to create the horizontal weaving for the Rattlesnake Bar (working end).

Mentally label the two sides of the loop, and the right end (segments 1 - 3). Secure them at the bottom.


Working End Right to Left  

Step 4: Move the working end under segments 2 - 3, heading right to left.

It should rest over segment 1.


Wrap Around Segment 2  

Step 5: Wrap the working end around segment 2.

The end should pass over segment 1 as you bring it to the left again.

Pull it firmly and push the loop up to the top.


Working End Left to Right   Step 6: Move the working end back to the right, passing under segments 1 and 2.

Bring it over segment 3.

Step 7: Repeat steps 4 - 6 to make the remaining rows

Push the knots close together as you progress.
Right to Left Wrap Around Left to Right
Step 4 Step 5 Step 6

Step 8: Stop when you get close to the bottom of the loop, so about 1 inch remains.

Make sure you stop on Step 4.
Left End Through Loop

<<< The left end should be coming out of the loop next to segment 2.

Bring the right end through the loop, entering into it from above (over - under). >>>

Right End Through Loop

Pull Loop At Top  

Step 9: Go to the top of the Rattlesnake Bar and find the area that was marked in step 2.

That's the right side of the loop, which was labeled segment 2.


Detail of Rattle   Pull on the loop at the top, which tightens the one at the bottom, holding the ends in place.

Apply glue as you tighten (bottom area). When it's dry you can cut off the extra material.   Melt the end with a flame if using Paracord.

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