Why goin’ ’round in circles is more difficult than travelling in a straight line . . .

Here’s another look at my latest Celtic knot, “Goin’ ‘Round in Circles,” both as a horizontal knot and as a circular one. This time the knots are colored to show the relationship of the pieces.

Celtic Knot Band and Circle
Celtic Knot Band and Circle

If I were making the horizontal knot, there would only be three shapes to contend with:  corners, curves, and bars. Such is not the case with the circular knot.

Below, I’ve colored just the corner shapes.  There are opposing corners of each color:  six red, and six blue.

Celtic Knot Band and Circle--Corners
Celtic Knot Band and Circle–Corners

None of the shapes in the circular knot match, save by color. The three inner red shapes match each other; the three inner blue shapes match each other; but the inner red shapes don’t match the inner blue shapes. The three outer red shapes match each other; the three outer red shapes match each other; but the outer red shapes don’t match the outer blue shapes.

Below, I’ve colored just the curved shapes. There are three pair of each color: six red, and six blue.

Celtic Knot Band and Circle--Curves
Celtic Knot Band and Circle–Curves

Here, the six inner curves match each other; the six outer curves match each other; but the inner curves don’t match the outer curves.

Below, I’ve colored the innermost set of bars. There are six blue shapes and three red shapes; all nine shapes are identical.

Celtic Knot Band and Circle--Bars--I
Celtic Knot Band and Circle–Bars–I

Below, I’ve colored the middle set of bars. There are nine red shapes and three blue shapes; all twelve shapes are identical.

Celtic Knot Band and Circle--Bars--II
Celtic Knot Band and Circle–Bars–II

The innermost set of bars rotate counterclockwise, the middle set of bars rotate clockwise; the two sets of bars do not match each other.

Below, I’ve colored the outermost set of bars. There are six blue shapes and three red shapes; all nine shapes are identical.

Celtic Knot Band and Circle--Bars--III
Celtic Knot Band and Circle–Bars–III

The outermost set of bars rotate counterclockwise, like the innermost set of bars. However, the outermost set of bars do not match the innermost set of bars; they are a bit longer.

So, the reason this knot is gonna be more difficult is that instead of cutting multiple copies of only three basic shapes in two different colors, I will have to cut multiple copies of nine basic shapes in two different colors.

If you’ll excuse me, I’m off to my studio . . . I’ll be back in a day or so to report my progress with the next phase.

6 thoughts on “Why goin’ ’round in circles is more difficult than travelling in a straight line . . .

    1. Thank you, Barbara . . .

      Keeping the pieces straight is hard enough when the knot is a simple band; I’m still working out how to keep things straight when the knot curves. I have an enlarged knot to work from/with; I’m thinking about writing the respective colors on the drawing, and using dressmaker’s carbon to transfer the entire knot to my black background fabric so I’ll know where the pieces go . . .

    1. Yeah, they do have the same shape, but the outer bars are a bit longer than the inner bars . . . trust me, LOL!!

  1. Very nice. I notice not as many breaks in the circles as there are with the squares. Any templates forthcoming for the “Goin’ ‘Round in Circles” designs?

    1. Thanks, Barbara . . . I really appreciate that.

      Circular Celtic knots are problematic. They require individualized templates, unlike standardized templates for square Celtic knots. And enlarging is another matter, LOL!!

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