Free-Macrame-Patterns.com Logo
Free Macrame' Patterns Home Page
Macrame' Essentials
Learn Macrame' Knots
Micro-Macrame': Jewelry
Free Macrame' Patterns
Macrame' for Kids
Advanced Macrame'
Macrame' Dictionary
Contact Free-Macrame-Patterns.com
Etsy Shop
 500 Sketches
Free-Macrame-Patterns.com Left Side Background Image
 
Custom Search

Stitched Switchback

 
Front
< FRONT

BACK >
Back


 

Description: The Stitched Switchback is a unique sennit with both horizontal and vertical elements.   On the back the loops are angled toward each other, similar to other switchback designs.  On the front you see the "stitches" down the center of the bar. 

This decorative knot is easy to tie, and can be used to create Micro-Macrame bracelets, belts, purse straps, and other Macrame projects.

In the example shown, Paracord material was used to make the strap.  Be sure to read Cord Preparation so you know how to get the material ready for knotting.

2018 Update:  Text and images were changed, so contact me if you need the original page.

 


 

I found this design on Fusion Knots.

Click on the link or image to visit the site. 

Go to the video gallery to see tutorials for other interesting knotting techniques and designs.

 

Fusion Knots Website

 
 


Preparation:  To practice, you need one cord at least 60 inches long.  Secure one end of it to your board vertically.

When using this technique in a project, the cord needs to be at least 12 times the finished length you plan to make.  Cut the cord longer if you are using the two ends as a closure, such as in a belt or bracelet.


 
Loop
 

Step 1:   Make a clockwise loop 4 to 6 inches long, so the crossing point is at least 2 inches from the secured end of the cord.

When making a project with the Stitched Switchback, the loop should be the finished length + 1/2-inch.

See information below

 


Important:  The finished length is the size of the area that will be knotted, from the crossing point of the loop down to the fold.

You add an extra 1/2-inch to the length of the loop because the sennit will compress when tightened (will shorten).

The secured end (tail) needs to be long enough for what you plan to use it for.  So adjust the crossing point of the loop to the most appropriate position for your project.  The tail will become slightly longer when you tighten the bar.


 
Loop
 

Step 2: Make a counter-clockwise loop with the working end, passing it over - under the two sides of the first loop.

 

 
Clockwise
 

Rotate the working end clockwise, and pass it through the second loop under - over.  

Pass it under the right side of the first loop. 

Tighten the knot firmly.

 

 
Horizontal
 

Step 3:  Move the working end horizontally to the left, passing over both sides of the first loop.

 

 
Clockwise
 

Rotate the working end clockwise.

Bring it under the left side of the first loop, and over the horizontal segment inside the loop.

Pull it toward you to tighten, keeping it vertical.

 

 
Vertical
 

Step 4:  Hold the segment coming out of the previous knot so it remains vertical.  

Move the working end under the right side of the first loop.  Fold it carefully, so it doesn't become kinked. 

 
 
Horizontal
 

Step 5:   Move the working end horizontally to the left, passing over both sides of the first loop.

Fold it carefully so it doesn't become kinked.

 


Loop

Rotate the working end clockwise, and pass it under the left side of the first loop.

Pull it forward vertically, passing over the horizontal segment.

Tighten the knot firmly.



Repeat 4

Step 6: Repeat Step 4.

This image shows the vertical segments that are the primary feature for the Stitched Switchback design.


 
Repeat 5 & 6
 

Step 7: Repeat steps 5 and 6 several times, until the last knot is close to the fold of the first loop.

When you tighten each knot in the Stitched Switchback bar, make sure the vertical segments line up down the center. 

 

 
Folded Area
 

Step 8: Pass the working end under the folded area of the first loop.

Pull the secured end gradually to tighten the strap.  The folded area should rest against the last knot, so the working end is secured.

 




By using any text or images on Free Macrame Patterns, you are agreeing to our Terms of Use


 

Have any comments about the Stitched Switchback? Contact Me.




Macrame Cord Divider
 

Make Gift Boxes


divider

 


 


 


Free-Macrame-Patterns.com Footer