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 Surreal Bar


Surreal Bar

 
Description:  The Surreal Bar is a unique decorative knot suitable for bracelets, belts, and other similar Macrame projects.

You must use two contrasting colors to see the pattern.  Any type of material can be used, including the Paracord shown in the example.

This is an easy knot for kids and beginners to learn.  It has elements similar to the Square Knot, but is tied differently.

Trivia:  The term "Surreal" means bizarre, unusual, or weird.  
 


This pattern is from the Fusion Knots website.

Designs by JD Lenzen


It's listed under the name Surreal Solomon Bar.

(Click on the image or link to go to the knot gallery, which contains video tutorials)


Fusion Knots



Cut two cords, each 10 x the finished length of the item you wish to make. 

So for a 7.5 inch bracelet, you would need 75 inches.  When using Paracord, an ADULT should melt the ends to seal the inner fibers.

In the images for the Surreal Bar, color B is blue and color A is red.



Measure

Measure from one end the finished size you want to make plus an extra 6 inches.  

Place a pin at the measured spot and secure the cords to your board.

The measured segment (short) needs to be on the left.



Cross

Step 1:  Move the color B cord down, so it rests on top of the color A cord. 

Cross the ends of the color A cord right over left.

Position the right end of color A over the left end of color B.



Clockwise

Move the right end of color A (resting on the left) to the area above the color B cord, rotating clockwise

Pass it under the folded area of color A.
 
 

Complete Loop

Still using the right end of  color A, complete the circle by moving it to the left. 

It should pass over the color B cords, as well as the left end of color A.

Bring it under the curved portion on the left.



Loop

Pull the right end of color A to tighten the circle firmly around the other three segments.  Adjust the size of the loop at the top by pulling the left end of color A.

The two short segments of color A and B are now in the center, and act as fillers.  The longer working cords are on the outside.



Color B

Step 2:  Move working cord B (on the right) under both fillers, heading left.

Position it over working cord A (on the left).



Color B

Step 3:  Move working cord B under working cord A on the left.

Move it over the fillers in the center, and under the curved portion of working cord B on the right.



Tighten working cord B by pulling on the left area where it wraps around working cord A.

Then you pull on the end which is on the right.

This will apply for the rest of the Surreal Bar, whenever you tighten working cord B.

Tighten



Color A

Step 4:  Move working cord A (on the left) over the fillers, heading right.

Pass it under working cord B (on the right).
 


Color A

Step 5:  Wrap working cord A over working cord B on the right.

Pass it under the fillers and over the curved portion of working cord A on the left.



Tighten working cord A by pulling on the right area where it wraps around color B.

Then you pull on the end, which is on the left.

Repeat this for the rest of the Surreal Bar, whenever you tighten working cord A.

Tighten



Step 6:  Repeat steps 2 - 5 several more times, until the sennit is the desired length. 

The last working cord used should be color B
(steps 2 - 3).


Below is a review of the path for each working cord:



Path of Color B

When using working cord B, move it under the fillers and over working cord A on the left. 

Wrap it under that cord, over the fillers and under the curved portion of working cord B on the right.

Remember to pull the area at the left first, and then the end, when tightening.



Path of Color A

When using working cord A, move it over the fillers and under working cord B on the right.

Wrap it over that cord, under the fillers and over the curved portion working cord A on the left.

Remember to pull the area at the right first, and then the end, when tightening.



Finish

Tie a right Square knot to finish the Surreal Bar. 

This image shows the first half of the SK.





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