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Tumbling Box Bar

Tumbling Box Bar

Description:  The Tumbling Box Bar is an interesting decorative knot featuring reverse Half Hitches.  Since you tie them in both directions, box-like designs are formed.

The loop at the top is made with a Slipknot, and there is a Square Knot, too.

This design can be used to make Macrame bracelets, belts, leashes, straps, etc.

It's important to use two colors for this design.

Cord A = Gray      Cord B = Red


This knot design came from the Fusion Knots website.  Click the image or link to visit.

The video gallery contains many unique combination knots as well as historical knots.

Fusion Knots


To practice, cut 1 cord of each color, at least 60 inches long. 

When using the Tumbling Box Bar in a project, the cords should be cut to 8 times the finished length you are aiming for.  

Cut the cords longer if you plan to make a button knot for a clasp.

Prepare the ends to prevent unraveling.  For Paracord, melt the tips with a flame.


Step 1:  Make a loop with Cord A, crossing right over left.  It should be slightly off center. 

There needs to be 2 - 3 inches more material in the left half.

Add Cord B

Place Cord B next to the loop, arranging it so the center lines up with the crossing point.


Form a bight with the left half of cord A (the portion now on the right).

Pass it through the loop over - under


Tighten the Slipknot firmly, keeping the cords close to the same length. 

Leave a 1/2-inch loop for a clasp, or a smaller one if you are just practicing. 

Reverse Half Hitch

Step 2:  Mentally number the 4 segments as shown.

Use cord 1 to tie a REVERSE Half Hitch:

Bring the cord under - over cords 2 and 3, rotating counter-clockwise

As you pull it left, pass under cord 1.

Cord 2

Step 3:  Tie a reverse Half Hitch with cord 2, around cords 3 and 4. 

Tighten it gently, keeping cord 4 straight in the area between this knot and the previous one.

Cord 4

Make the next reverse Half Hitch with cord 4, rotating clockwise around cords 2 and 3.

Tighten this knot gently, too.  The goal is to end up with a square shape. (see next image)

Designer's Tip:  When tightening, it's important to remove all the slack. 

But don't pull so tightly that the box becomes deformed.

Cord 3

Step 4:  The next box starts with cord 3.

The reverse Half Hitch should be tied clockwise, around cords 1 and 2.

Cord 1 should be straight in the area between this knot and the previous one.

Cord 1

Make the lower half of the box with cord 1, by tying a reverse Half Hitch around cords 2 and 3.

The loop is made counter-clockwise.

Cord 2

Step 5:  Repeat step 3 to tie the next two Half Hitches for the Tumbling Box Bar. 

The first reverse Half Hitch is tied with cord 2.

Cord 4

The second Half Hitch is tied with cord 4

The segment between the knots should be straight.

Cord 3

Step 6:  Repeat step 4 to make the Half Hitches on the left.

The first reverse Half Hitch is tied with cord 3.

Cord 1

The second Half Hitch is tied with cord 1.

Square Knot

Step 7:  When the design is the size you need, tie a Square Knot with cords 1 and 4.

Finish off the ends of cords 1 and 4 in the manner most appropriate for the material you are using.

Cords 2 and 3 can then be used to make a button knot. (optional)


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