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 Secret River Bar

Secret River Bar

Description:  The Secret River Bar is a combination knot, featuring the Square Knot and a variation of Endless Falls

The instructions below include a loop, which can be used as part of a clasp for Macrame bracelets or belts.  You will need two cords folded in half for this option.

You could also use four cords and start the Square Knots at the center, without folding the cords.

Please note that as you construct the knots, the portion you are looking at is the back of the sennit.  When you turn it over, the design looks like the image above.

This knot design came from Fusion Knots.

Click on the image or link to go to the site.

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

Fusion Knots

Preparation:  To practice, cut two cords, each at least 60 inches long. 

In the example shown, Cord B is blue and Cord A is yellow

When making a Macrame project with the Secret River Bar, the cords should be at least 8 x the finished length you wish to make, if you plan to fold the cords so you have a loop.

To start the Secret River Bar in the center (no loop), cut 4 cords, each at least 4 x the finished length.


Fold Cord B in half and secure it to your board. 

Fold Cord A and secure it under Cord B.  Bring the two halves of it on top of Cord B, then cross them right over left.

Separate the two halves of Cord B, so there is space between them.


Move both halves of Cord B backward, so they pass over the crossed area of Cord A.  

Bring them through the space between the two segments.

Pull them forward (towards you) to complete the loops. 


Adjust the size of the loop (Cord B).

Tighten Cord A first, by pulling on the two halves of it.

Then tighten the two loops made with Cord B

Designer's Tip:  Since the two halves of Cord A switch places frequently, it helps if you place tape on one half so you can easily identify left versus right.

Left Half

Step 2:  Mentally label the two halves of Cord A where they rest now (left and right).

To start the first Square Knot, move the left half of it to the right, passing it over Cord B and under the right half of Cord A.

Designer's Tip:  Every Square knot is tied in two parts (or two halves), which are sometimes called Half Knots.   

Right Half

To complete part 1 of the SK, move the right half of Cord A under the fillers, heading left. 

As you pull it out on the left, pass it over the left half of Cord A.

Do not tighten this knot.


Step 3:  Move the left half of Cord B backward, passing it over the crossed area of the knot you just made with Cord A.

Bring it between the two halves of Cord B to form a loop. Then pull it toward you, passing under the crossed area.

Important:  Tightening the knots correctly is an important part of the Secret River Bar design.  This applies to both parts of the Square Knot:

Start by pulling both halves of Cord A to tighten that portion.

Then remove the slack from the loop made with Cord B.  Usually all you need to do is pull firmly, but some materials may require you to adjust the size of the loop with your fingers first.

Left Half

Step 4:  Start part 2 of the SK by moving the left half of Cord A over Cord B, heading left.

Pass it under the right half of Cord A.

Right Half

Complete part 2 by moving the right half of Cord A under Cord B.

Pull it out on the right, moving it over the left half.

Do not tighten the knot.


Step 5:  Move the right half of Cord B backward, passing it over the crossed area of the SK.   Bring it between the two halves of Cord B, forming a loop.

Pull it forward, passing it under Cord A.

Tighten Cord A first, then Cord B.


Step 6:  Repeat steps 2 and 3
to start the next SK for the Secret River Bar.


Repeat steps 4 and 5 to complete the SK.


Step 7:  Repeat step 6 several more times, until the Secret River Bar is the size you wish to make. Keep in mind still have one more knot to tie.

Turn it over to see the zigzag pattern.

Regular SK

Repeat steps 2 and 4
to make one regular Square knot (no loops) to finish the bar.


Step 8:  Finish off the ends of Cord A by sliding them under segments in the BACK of the bar.  

Apply glue and cut off the excess material.  When using Paracord, apply a flame to the stubs to melt the material.


Button Knot

Cord B can be finished off in the same manner, or you can tie a Button Knot if you need a clasp.

The best one is the Knife Knot, also called the Diamond Knot.

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