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Switchback Path Bar


Switchback Path

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

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

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 one end is a loop, so you can tie a button knot at the other end if you need a clasp.

2018 Update:  Instructions changed so bar is now made moving forward.  Contact me for the original page if you need it.

 

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.  In the images, cord A is purple and cord B is pink.

Multiply the finished length by 9 if you are using this technique for a Macrame project. 

Make cord B longer if you plan to make a button knot for a clasp.



Loop

Step 1:  Make a loop in the center of cord A, crossing  right over left.

Slide cord B through the loop, then fold it around the crossed area arranged vertically.

 
 
Left Half

Move the left half of cord A to the left, passing over cord B and under the right half of cord A.



Right Half

Move the right half of cord A to the right, passing under cord B and over the left half of cord A.

Pull both halves of cord A to tighten the knot, adjusting the loop at the top to a size appropriate for your project.



Here are some terms you need to know to understand the instructions for the Switchback Path Bar:

  • Backward = Towards the back of your board
  • Forward = Towards the front of your board
  • Vertical = Arranged forward and backward
  • Horizontal = Arranged side to side




Fold

Step 2: Fold both halves of cord B to form a bight (right to left). Curve it to the right and place it on top of cord A.

The portion before the fold should be standing upright above the portion after the fold, which is resting on the board.



Loop

Make a loop with cord A by passing over both parts of cord B and under cord A, heading backward.

Arrange the loop so it's vertical, then tighten it. 



Thru Bight

Step 3: Pass cord A through the bight (cord B) heading forward (towards you).



Tighten

Tighten cord B by pulling it to the left (black arrows).

Make sure the loop made by cord A remains vertical (white arrows).



Bight

Step 4: Fold both halves of cord B to make the next bight (left to right).

Place it on top of cord A on the left.



Loop

Make a loop with cord A by passing over both parts of cord B and under cord A, heading backward.

Arrange the loop so it's vertical, then tighten it.



Thru Bight
Pass cord A through the bight, heading forward.

Tighten cord B by pulling it to the right. 

Make sure the loop remains vertical (white arrows).




Repeat

Step 5:  Repeat steps 2 and 3.




Repeat 4

Step 6:  Repeat step 4.




Repeat 2 - 4

Step 7:  Repeat steps 2 - 4 several more times if you are practicing.

When making something with the Switchback Path Bar, you would continue until the finished length is what you need for your project.



Square Knot

Step 8:  Secure the sennit with a Square Knot, tied with cord A around cord B.





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