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Let’s Weave a Celtic Knot! D11D

Download and print three copies of D11D. This knot is similar to B11B.

D11D
D11D

Determine the outline of the cords in the knot. The cords may cross over themselves, forming loops in the outline. Color or decorate the separate cords as you wish. Leave one copy blank.

Three copies
Three copies

Cut out the cord outlines.

Cord outlines
Cord outlines

The two cord outlines in this knot are identical. The cords cross over themselves to form three loops (one is very small). Along each loop, two parallel lines indicate where the other cord crosses over it. For each loop, cut open one (and only one) of these spaces.

Use the third printed knot as a placement guide. Look at the end of the knot closest to you to determine which outline goes on top of the other. Look for the first crossing of the two outlines. Place the cut outlines in position on the guide.

Layered Outlines
Layered Outlines

Working from the bottom up, either slide cut ends under or bring cord outline to the front, until you reach the top.

Completed Knot
Completed Knot

Let’s Weave a Celtic Knot! C1111C

Download and print three copies of C1111C.

C1111C
C1111C

Determine the outlines of the cords in the knot. The cords may cross themselves, forming loops. Color or decorate the separate cords as you wish.

Cut out the outlines of the cords.

Separate outlines
Separate outlines

The two cords in this knot have identical outlines. The cords cross themselves twice to form three loops. Within each loop are places (indicated by the spaces) where the other cord crosses over it. For each loop, cut open one (and only one) of these spaces.

Use the third printed knot as a placement guide. Look at the end of the knot closest to you to determine which outline goes on top of the other. Look for the first crossing of the two outlines. Place the cut outlines in position on the guide.

Layered outlines
Layered outlines

Working from the bottom up, either slide cut ends under or shift one outline over the other, until you reach the top.

Completed knot
Completed knot

Let’s Weave a Celtic Knot! B11B

Download and print three copies of B11B.

B11B
B11B

Determine the outlines of the cords in the knot. The cords may cross themselves, forming loops. Color or decorate the separate cords as you wish. Cut out the outlines of the cords.

Separate cords
Separate cords

The two cords in this knot are identical to each other. The cords cross themselves twice to form three loops (one is very small). Within each loop are places (indicated by the spaces) where the other cord crosses over it. For each loop, cut open one (and only one) of these spaces.

Use the third printed knot as a placement guide. Look at the end of the knot closest to you to determine which outline goes on top of the other (look for the first crossing of the two outlines). Place the cut outlines in position on the guide.

Layered outlines
Layered outlines

Working from the bottom up, either slide cut ends under or shift one outline over the other, until you reach the top.

Weaving . . .
Weaving . . .
Weaving . . .
Weaving . . .
Completed knot
Completed knot

 

Let’s Weave a Celtic Knot! A1111A

Download and print three copies of A1111A. Decorate the separate cords on two copies; leave the third copy blank.

A1111A
A1111A
Three copies
Three copies

Cut out the separate cord outlines (even the “donut holes”).

Cord outlines
Cord outlines

The two cords in this knot are mirror images of each other. The cords cross over themselves twice to make a chain of three loops. Within each loop are two places (indicated by the spaces) where the other loop crosses over it. For each loop, cut open one (and only one) of these spaces.

Cut spaces
Cut spaces

Use the third printed knot as a placement guide. Look at the end of the knot closest to you. Place the two cut outlines in position, one on top of the other (in this case, the left on top of the right).  You may wish to glue the two layers together, to form a stable foundation.

Layered outlines
Layered outlines

Now, working from the bottom up, either slide cut ends under or shift the layers to bring the other outline on top. (In the photos below, note the cut end(s) to slide under.)

Weaving . . .
Weaving . . .
weaving . . .
weaving . . .
. . . weaving.
. . . weaving.

Slide the final two cut ends in place, and the knot is complete.

Complete knot
Complete knot

A Celtic Knot Primer

I am working on a set of templates for simple Celtic knot bands, boxes, and crosses.

I would like to show you some of the workings.

Knot Ends

I use a Celtic knot font to produce my designs because it’s faster than drawing them by hand. There are six basic styles of knots, each with its own characteristics and personality.

Knot Styles
Knot Styles

Knot Fillers

There are five fillers that go between the knot ends.

Knot Fillers
Knot Fillers

I’d like to show you what happens when you put the two together.  You may want to print these knots and color them.

Filler 1

Adding one Filler 1 section gives you:

One Filler 1 section
One Filler 1 section

Adding two Filler 1 sections gives you:

Two Filler 1 sections
Two Filler 1 sections

Adding three Filler 1 sections gives you:

Three Filler 1 sections
Three Filler 1 sections

What changes did you notice on the first and fifth knots?

Tomorrow, Filler 2 . . .