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Split Spine Bar


Split Spine Bar

 
Description:  The Split Spine Bar features a unique way of using Square knots combined with extra loops. The stitching that occurs in this decorative knot is slightly slanted and close to the edges of the sennit. 

When making a Macrame project with this interesting technique, use at least two colors for contrast. 

In the example shown, Paracord material in three colors was used.  Be sure to melt the tips to seal the inner fibers, if you plan to use it.
 


This design is listed on the Fusion Knots website.

Name:  Split Spine Solomon Bar

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The video gallery contains tutorials for a wide range of unique combination knots.

Fusion Knots




To practice the Split Spine Bar, you need 3 cords at least 60 inches long (one working cord, 2 fillers). 


Cross

Make a loop with the working cord, crossing right over left.

Pass two filler cords through the loop over - under as shown.

 
 
Fold Fillers

Fold the filler cords so that one half passes in front of the crossed area of the working cord.

The other half passes behind the crossed area.



Right Half

Mentally label the two halves of the working cord where they are now (right and left).

Start the first half of a Square knot by curving the right working cord horizontally to the left.

Pass it over the fillers and under the left working cord.



Left Half

Move the left working cord under the fillers, heading right.

As you pull it out on the right, pass it over the right working cord.

Pull both ends to tighten the knot and adjust the loop to the size you need.



Now it's time to create the main area of the Split Spine Bar.  Here are a few pointers:

  • The front half of the fillers is used to form the loops. The back half remain vertical.
  • After tightening each knot, split up the front half of the fillers, and arrange them so they rest on either side of the back half.
  • When you curve and weave the working cords, keep the design wide and open. Once you are familiar with the knots, you can reduce the size of the loops as well as the weaving of the working cords.
  • Mentally number the knots, which begin with the loops and end with tightening.  These are actually Half Knots (1/2 of SK).  It takes all 7 steps described below to make one Square Knot.



Loops

Step 1:  Using the front half of the fillers, make a clockwise loop with the filler cord on the left.

Make and a counter-clockwise loop with the filler on the right.

Make the sure the end passes under to form the crossing points. Secure both loops.



Left to Right

Step 2:  The right working cord is now on the left.  Pass it under the crook of the left loop. 

Curve it to the right, passing it through the left loop under - over.

Move it to the right, over the center area of the Split Spine Bar, and through the right loop over - under.



Designer's Tip:  The CROOK of a loop is the outer curved portion, which is usually the widest area. 



Right to Left

Step 3:  The left working cord is now on the right.  Pass it under the crook of the right loop.

Move it over the right working cord, then under all four portions of the fillers, heading left.

On the left, pass it through the curved area of the right working cord under - over.
 


Tighten

Step 4:  To tighten the first knot of the Split Spine Bar, pull firmly on the working cords.

Next, tighten each loop by pulling on the ends of the fillers (front half).  

Make sure they rest to the right and left of the back half when you are done.



Loops

Step 5:  Repeat step 1 to make the next set of loops with the same fillers.

Left = Clockwise
Right = Counter-Clockwise

Remember to pass the ends under to make the crossing points.



Right to Left


Step 6:  Move the right working cord under the right loop.

Pass it through the loop under - over, heading left.

Bring it over the center area and through the left loop over - under.



Designer's Tip:   Each time you begin step 2 or 6, the working cord should  ALWAYS pass through the loop on the same side under - over.

It should pass through the loop over - under, on the opposite side from where it started.

This will apply even though the direction is different for those two steps of the Split Spine Bar.



Left to Right

Step 7:  Position left working cord under the left loop.

Move it over the right working cord and under the fillers, heading right.

Pass it through the curved area of the right working cord under - over.



Step 8:  Repeat step 4 to tighten the knot.

R
epeat steps 1 - 7 at least 3 more times, to make more Square Knots for the Split Spine Bar. 

Here's a review of the steps:



Odd Knots



The odd numbered Half knots begin with the working cord on the left, followed by the right.



Even Knots

The even numbered Half knots begin with the working cord on the right, followed by the left.

Remember that it takes all 7 steps to make one complete Square Knot.

Make sure you stop on step 7.



First Half

Step 9:  To complete the Split Spine Bar, tie a regular Square Knot: 

Move the left working cord over the fillers and under the right working cord, heading right.

Move the right working cord under the fillers and over the curved area of the left working cord.


 
Second Half

The two working cords have switched places.

Move the left working cord over the fillers and under the right working cord.

Move the right working cord under the fillers and over the curved portion of the left working cord.





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