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Switchback Path Bar


Switchback Path Bar

 
Description:   The Switchback Path Bar is a unique decorative knot featuring a zigzag pattern with one cord (yellow). It's held together with a path of loops (purple).

The key to success is making sure the cords are flat and arranged neatly. 

Practicing this technique is a good way to teach to children and beginners who are learning the art of tying knots, since it's easy to tie. 

You can make a Paracord Bracelet, Macrame belt, or similar items with this type of flat bar.   At the top is a loop that can be used as part of a clasp.

Make sure you know how to tie a Square Knot.
 

This bar is listed on the Fusion Knots website.

Click on the link or image to visit the site.

The Video Gallery contains tutorials for a variety of unique and interesting decorative knots.


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To practice the Switchback Path Bar, you need two cords at least 50 inches long. 

To use this knot for a Macrame project, multiply the finished length by 12.  Add extra material if you plan to make a button knot for the clasp.



Loop

Step 1:  Make a loop in the center of Cord A (purple), crossing the ends right over left.

Slide Cord B (yellow) through the loop with one half over the front of the crossed area and the other behind.

 
 
Right SK

Tie a Right Square Knot with Cord A, around the fillers, which are Cord B.

Adjust the loop at the top (cord A) to the size you need and tighten the SK firmly.



Loop

Step 2:  Turn the cords around, so the loop is secured at the bottom of the project board. 

Make a clockwise loop with the left half of Cord A.

Pass the end under to form the crossing point.



Fold Cord

Step 3:  Fold both ends of Cord B and slide them through the loop as shown.  

Make sure they pass through under - over (from below).

Pull on the end of Cord A to tighten the loop, keeping the ends of Cord B flat and resting side-by-side.



Left End

Step 4:   Move the left end of Cord A through the folded area of Cord B from left to right.

Make sure they pass through under - over (from below).

Re-tighten the loop and pull on the end of Cord A first, followed by Cord B.



Position

Step 5:  Tilt the loop made with Cord A in the previous steps so it's vertical.  The end should be vertical, too.

The ends of Cord B should be horizontal. 



Loop

Step 6:  Make a counter-clockwise loop with the right half of Cord A

Pass the end under to form the crossing point.



Fold Cord B

Step 7:  Fold both halves of Cord B so that the portion coming from the left is resting on top of the part leading to the ends.

Pass it through the loop under - over (from below). 



Important:  Folding Cord B properly is the most important part of making the Switchback Path Bar. 

One part should rest on top of the other, keeping the cord horizontal when it's inside the loop. 

This will help ensure that the end of Cord A will pass through the folded area of Cord B heading vertically, in the next step:



End


Step 8:  Tighten the loop made by Cord A first. Pass the end through the folded area of Cord B, heading straight up in a vertical direction.

Tighten the loop again and pull on the end of Cord A, followed by Cord B.



Repeat

Step 9:  Make a clockwise loop with Cord A on the left, passing under to make the crossing point.

Fold Cord B so the portion coming from the right is on top.  Pass it through the loop under - over.

Tighten the loop and pass the end through the folded area of Cord B, heading upward.



Continue

Step 10:  Repeat steps 6 - 9 several more times, or until the Switchback Path Bar is the size you want.



Square Knot

Step 11:  Finish the sennit with a Square Knot, tied with Cord A.




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