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Switchback Strap

Switchback Strap

Description: The Switchback Strap is made by weaving the working end of a cord back and forth around a long loop.

It's very easy to tie and is a great knot for kids who are learning the process for tying decorative knots.

This type of sennit can be used for jewelry projects, belts, straps for purses, leashes and collars, and many other Macrame projects.



I found this design on the Fusion Knots website

Designs by JD Lenzen

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The video gallery contains tutorials for many interesting knotting techniques and designs.


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Step 1: To practice, cut one cord at least 45 inches long. Secure one end to your board.

When making something with the Switchback Strap, the length of the cord should be at least 9 times the finished length of the item you are making.

Loop = Size of Sennit  

Make a large clockwise loop. It should be around 5 inches long if you are practicing.

When using this technique for a project, the loop should be the size of the item you wish to make.

The working end should be on the right when you are through. 


Working End to Left  

Step 2: Move the working end to the left, passing under the right half of the large loop, and over the left half.


Working End to Right  

Step 3: Move the working end back to the right, passing under the left half of the loop and over the right half.


Working End to Left Again  

Step 4: Repeat steps 1 and 2 as many times as needed to reach the bottom of the loop.

See important information below:


Keep Cord Flat  

Slide the knots up as you progress, so they are close together without overlapping.

Tighten the wraps firmly.

Keep the cord as flat as you can, without twisting.


Pass End Through Space  

When you reach the bottom, pass the end through the space near the fold of the loop (under - over).

Pull on both ends to firm up the knot, so all spaces are eliminated. The ends can be used to make other knots, or to form a clasp.


Switchback Strap   Here is a closer view of the weave.

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