This is the second in a series of blog posts exploring simple Celtic knot bands. “3 by” refers to the fact that these knots are three sections wide, and an increasing number of sections long. A later blog post will introduce breaks in these knots.

Each example will display a line drawing of the knot, and a colored version. The colored version features three basic shapes (corners, curves, and bars) with a bit of space added between them, and the colors illustrate how many strands are in each knot.

**3 by 3 knotted band: **four corners, four curves, four bars; three colors.

**3 by 4 knotted band:** four corners, six curves, seven bars; one color.

**3 by 5 knotted band:** four corners, eight curves, ten bars; one color.

**3 by 6 knotted band:** four corners, ten curves, thirteen bars; three colors.

**3 by 7 knotted band:** four corners, twelve curves, sixteen bars; one color.

**3 by 8 knotted band:** four corners, fourteen curves, nineteen bars; one color.

**3 by 9 knotted band:** four corners, sixteen curves, twenty-two bars; three colors.

Did you notice anything about these examples?

When the length is divisible by the width (3 x 3, 3 x 6, and 3 x 9), they produce three-color knots; the knots are actually three separate strands, woven together. When the length is not divisible by the width (3 x 4, 3 x 5, 3 x 7, and 3 x 8), they produce one-color knots.

(I’ll have to see if this holds true with other bands.)

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I want to see this one go around a corner. Now that would be a great quilt border!

Three colors or one??

I’d love to see one of these three strand bands converted to a cross! Now that would be awesome. 🙂

THAT is quite possible!!