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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



Preparation: 

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.




Loop

Step 1:  Make a loop with Cord A, so it's slightly off center. 

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

Cross the ends right over left.

 
 
Add Cord B

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



Bight

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

Pass it through the loop over - under



Loop

Tighten the Slipknot firmly, while keeping the ends 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 ends as shown.

Use cord 1 to tie a REVERSE Half Hitch:

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

As you pull it left, pass under cord 1.



Design Tip:  A regular Half Hitch is tied over - under - over, which is the opposite of what you do here.

Make sure all the knots in the Tumbling Box Bar are tied as in the image above.



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 above the knot.



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)
 


Design 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.

The portion of cord 1 above the knot should be as straight as possible.



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.



Now you just repeat the process to create the rest of the Tumbling Box Bar:



Cord 2
Repeat step 3.

<< The first reverse Half Hitch is tied with cord 2.

The second Half Hitch is tied with cord 4.  The segment above the box should be straight.  >>
Cord 4



Cord 3
Repeat step 4.

<<  The first reverse Half Hitch is tied with cord 3.

The second Half Hitch is tied with cord 1.    >>
Cord 1



Square Knot

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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