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Spiral Design

 
Spiral Design
 
 

Description: The Spiral Design is a very unique way of using Double Half Hitches. It's rarely used, because it's a challenge to keep it neat.

Like all Double Half Hitch patterns, the holding cord determines the shape. So by moving it in a circular or oval path, the bars form the spiral shape. 

You could use this design to form the center of a Macrame flower, or to make the ears of Animal projects. 


Make sure you practice tying Double Half Hitches (DHH) before you get started.

Use a project board and pins to help control the cords.  You need room to rotate the entire board as you construct the knot.


It's best to use 2mm to 4mm material to practice this decorative knot, because you can pull the cords more tightly than with thicker cords.  To practice, each cord should be at least 36 inches long.


In the example below, two colors were used to show the details. But you can use one color if you wish.

A very nice rainbow pattern can be made by using several colors.


Working Cords = Turquoise              Holding cord = brown

 
 
 
Step 1: Place the holding cord on your board horizontally. 

Leave a 10-inch short segment secured on the left.

The working end is on the right, and will be moved to form the Spiral Design.

Whenever new working cords are added, you use a reverse Larks Head knot, as described below:
 

 
Fold
<< Fold cord A in half, and place it on top of the holding cord, with the ends upward.

Bring the ends down, under the holding cord, and over the folded area of the working cord. >>
 Larks Head
 


Cord B
<< To mount cord B, fold it in half and place it on top of the holding cord with the ends downward.

Bring the ends upward, under the holding cord, and over the folded area of the working cord.  >>
Larks Head


 
Move Left

Step 2:  Move the two knots close to each other.

Curve the long end of the holding cord to the left, passing over the ends of cord B.

 


Step 3:  Turn the entire board around, so cord B is resting at the bottom.  Both ends of the holding cord should be on the right.

Attach both halves of cord B to the holding cord, with DHH. Tighten the knots as much as possible. 


Here are the instructions for one Half Hitch.  Make sure you tie two to make Double Half Hitches:

 
Half Hitch

<<  Pass the cord over - under the holding cord, and over the cord you are using.

This is what the inner portion of the Spiral Design will look like with both cords attached. >>

DHH
 


Step 4: Turn the entire board again, so the short segment of the holding cord is on the left.


Holding Cords

<<  Move the long portion of the holding cord under the short segment, and then tie a DHH.

You are now ready to create the  2nd row of the Spiral Design.  >>

Begin Next Row


 
Cord A
  Step 5: To start the second row of the Spiral Design, move the long end of the holding cord to the right.

Attach both ends of cord A to it with DHH.

Note that there is a gap between cords A and B.  You need to add a new cord to cover that area (step 6).
 

 
New Cord
 

Step 6: Add a new cord (C) to the long end of the holding cord with a reverse Larks Head knot.

Move it close to the other knots on the left.

 


Step 7: Turn the board around so the ends of cord A are at the top. 

In the image below, can you see the gap between the two halves of cord B? A new cord will be added here as well.


 
Turn Around

<< Attach the 1st half of working cord B to the holding cord.

Add another new cord (D) with a reverse Larks Head knot.

Attach the 2nd half of cord B to the holding cord. >>

New Cord
 

 
Final Step
 

Step 8: Turn the board again, and bring the long end of the holding cord under the short portion.

When you pull it, see if the knots in the upper area of the Spiral Design rest next to those in the lower area.  Add a new cord if needed.

Repeat step 4, attaching the long end of the holding cord to the short portion.

 

 
Third Row
  Step 9:  Repeat steps 5 - 8 to make the 3rd row, then the 4th, etc.  Add cords where there are gaps, which may not be the same in each row.  

In this image the places where cords were added are marked with an X.  Usually you will need to add 2 to 4 cords per row.
 

 
End of Each Row
 

Make sure you always attach the long end of the holding cord to the short end, to complete each row.

The Spiral Design will not be stable if you forget this very important step.

 
 



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