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River Bar

 
River Bar
 
 

Description: The River Bar is a unique knotting technique.  The loops and folds produce a rippling pattern similar to the waves of a river.  Using different shades of blue or green is recommended.

It's suitable for Macrame projects like bracelets, belts, and pet collars.  This design is smooth on the back, so could be used to make a choker style necklace. You can also use it for the long posts in hanging planters or tables.

Paracord bracelets are very popular, and this decorative knot is a perfect choice if you are making one.  The design includes a loop that can be used as a clasp.


2018 Update: A few changes have been made to the text, so contact me if you need the original page.

 

River Bracelet

The River Bracelet is an easy Macrame project based on this design.

It's a good project for kids and beginners.

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I found this knot the Fusion Knots website.

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View the video gallery, which contains tutorials for a variety of very unique and appealing designs.

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Preparation:

To practice the River Bar, you need one cord of each color, at least 36 inches long.

When using it in a project, multiply the finished length by 7, and cut the cords to that size.

Be sure to melt the ends with a flame if using Paracord material, for both preparation and finishing.  See Cord Preparation for more details.

 

 
Both Cords
 

Step 1: Fold cord A in half an place it horizontally on your board with the fold on the right.

Place cord B on top, arranged vertically

The centers should line up.

 

 
Cord B
 

Bring each half of cord B under cord A, then pass both halves over the folded area on the right.

 

 
Turn
 

Turn the knot so it's vertical.  Hold cord A, then pull both halves of cord B to tighten.

Adjust the loop to the most appropriate size for how you intend to use it.  Secure the loop to your board. 

Arrange cord B so the two halves are diagonal (arrows).

 


Designer's Tip:  These two terms may be confusing to beginners:

Backward = Closer to the back of your board

Forward = Closer to the front of your board


 
Right Loop
 

Step 2:  Use the right half of cord A to make a counter-clockwise loop, passing it over the right half of cord B. 

Move it backward and pass it under cord B, heading left. Bring it under both halves of cord A, and over the left half of cord B. 

Keep it horizontal when you are done.

 

 
Left Loop
 

Make a clockwise loop with the left half of cord A, passing it over the left half of cord B, then under the right half of cord A (backward).

Bring it under the left half of cord B, under both halves of cord A, and over the right half of cord B.
 

 
Tighten
 

Tighten the knot by holding both halves of cord B with one hand while using the other hand to pull each half of cord A. 

Adjust the size of the loop if you plan to make a button knot for a clasp.

The two cords have now switched positions.

 

 
Right Loop
 

Step 3: Use the right half of cord B to make a counter-clockwise loop, passing it over the right half of cord A. 

Move it backward and pass it under cord A, heading left. Bring it under both halves of cord B, and over the left half of cord A. 

 

 
Left Loop
 

Make a clockwise loop with the left half of cord B, passing it over the left half of cord A, then under the right half of cord B (backward).

Bring it under the left half of cord A, under both halves of cord B, and over the right half of cord A.
 


Tighten

Tighten the knot by holding both halves of cord A, then pulling on each half of cord B.

It's best to tighten all the knots firmly so they are the same size.


 
Repeat
 

Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 several times if you are practicing the River Bar.

When making a project, stop when it's close to the finished length.  Include the loop when measuring.

 
 

Finish

Step 5:  When making a project with the River Bar, the last cord used to make the loops (inside position) is used to make a button knot.

The other cord is finished off in the back, usually by passing it under a loop and securing it with glue.





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