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Snowflake Design

 
Snowflake Design
 
 

Description: The Snowflake Design is made with Square knots (SK) that face opposite directions. They surround a slightly thicker knot in the center.

This pattern is a vintage technique, and is seen in older patterns written in the early to mid-1900's.   It can be used in plant hangers as well as items like guitar straps and belts.

The best time to use this technique is when you can place it in a Macrame project so it's not surrounded by other knots (it will stand out more).  

Included are instructions for tying both left and right Square knots, since you will be tying them in both directions.

Note that in the instructions below, space was left between the knots so you could see the details better. The knots should be close together, as in the image above.

 


 

Right Square Knot

 
Right Facing SK
 

Mentally number the cords 1 - 4.  The working cords are 1 and 4.  The fillers are cords 2 and 3.

To make a right Square Knot for the Snowflake Design, you start with the right working cord, as shown below:



Step A
<< Move cord 4 to the left, over the fillers and under cord 1.

Move cord 1 to the right, under the fillers, and over cord 4.  >>
Step B



Working cords 1 and 4 have switched places.

Cord 4 is now on the left, and cord 1 is on the right.
 


Step C
<< Move cord 4 to the right, over the fillers and under cord 1.

Move cord 1 to the left, under the fillers and over cord 4. >>
Step D

 

 
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Left Square Knot

 
Left Facing SK
 

Mentally number the four cords.  To tie left Square Knots for the Snowflake, start with the left working cord:
 


Step A
<< Move cord 1 to the right, over the fillers, and under cord 4. 

Move cord 4 to the left, under the fillers and over cord 1.   >>
Step B



The working cords have switched places.  

Cord 1 is now on the right and cord 4 is on the left.


 
Step C
<< Move cord 1 to the left, over the fillers, and under cord 4. 

Move cord 4 to the right, under the fillers and over cord 1.   >>
Step D
 
 
 
 
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Snowflake Design

 
 
Cut 12 cords, each at least 20 inches long.

Fold them in half and secure them to your board vertically.

 
Left Facing SK  

Step 1: Mentally number the cords 1 - 12.

Use cords 5 - 8 to tie a left SK.

 

 
Two Knot  

Step 2:  Use cords 3 - 6 to tie a left SK.

Use cords 7 - 10 to make a right SK.

Position them just below the first knot, without any added space.

 

 
Third Row  

Step 3: Tie a left SK with cords 1 - 4.

Tie a right SK with cords 9 - 12.

 

 
Center Knot has 4 Fillers  

Step 4: The Snowflake design features a right SK in the center, which is thicker since it has more fillers.

The working cords are 4 and 9. There are 4 fillers, which are cords 5 - 8.

 


Design Tip:  When you tighten the knot in the center, it should rest slightly lower than the third set of knots (step 3).


 
Repeat Step 3  

Step 5:  Tie a left SK with cords 1 - 4.

Tie a right SK with cords 9 - 12.

(This is the same as step 3).

 

 
Repeat Step 2  

Step 6: Use cords 3 - 6 to tie a left SK.

Use 7 - 10 to tie a right SK

(This is the same as step 2).

 

 
Repeat Step 1  

Step 7: Use cords 5 - 8 to make a left SK.

(This is the same as step 1).

 

 
Completed Snowflake design  

Here is an image of the completed Snowflake design, with the knots close together.

 
 



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