Chains and Loops

I here are unlimited variations of knotted chains (also called sennits) that can be created. You have already been introduced to the Square Knot Chain. I would like to introduce you to a few more of my favorites. If you still have plenty of cord to work with on your practice piece, use that. But if you are running low on cord you can cut some pieces approx. 24" and make an OVK (see Figure 2) in the center of each. I'in through the knot and onto the board.

8. The Half Hitch Chain - Start with 2 side by side lengths of cord (see Figure 18). You will alternate making HHs from one cord to the other. In other words, first the left cord will serve as the AC and you will make a single HH around it with the right cord. Hold the AC taut and vertically as you make the HH around it with the KC. Pull the KC straight out to the side as you tighten it (Figure 18, step 1). Next, switch over and bring the right cord down as the AC while using the left cord as your KC. Switch back and forth, left to right, until the chain is the desired length. It doesn't matter which side you start from.

• Twisting Half Hitch Chain (not pictured) - This can be made by repeating the same HH (Figure 18, step 1) over and over instead of alternating from cord to cord. Repeating a HH with the right cord around the left makes a twist to the left. Repeating a HH with the left cord around the right makes a twist to the right.

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9. The Lark's Head Knot Chain This chain is very good for making loops for closures (Figure 1^, step 5). It is usually made with 2 cords. One of the cords will always be the AC and the other cord will do all the knotting (see Figure 19, diagram shows a completed knot at top). The KC of a LHKch will get used up very quickly I estimate that approximately 12" of knotting cord is needed to make 1" of finished chain.

10. Twisting Half Knot Chain - You can make a chain that looks like a twisting spiral staircase by making one half of a SQK (Figure 17, step 1 - 2) over and over until you reach the desired length. Always begin the knot from t he same side and it will naturally twist in the opposite direction. You can start on either the right or left side depending on which direction you would like the chain to twist (see Figure 20).

Now you know the knots that I consider to be a good foundation for creating micro-macrame jewelry. The following jewelry projects will put your new skills to good use.

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Guidelines for Understanding the Jewelry Projects

The Diagrams «ire designed to show the progression of the knotting and to complement the written directions However, it is most important that you follow each step of the written directions. Because of space considerations, the diagrams will not always show every step individually but may contain several steps in a single diagram. In some instances, only one side of the piece may be shown as completed. Complete the other side in the same way, like a mirror image.

1. All of the projects are comprised in large part with rows of Horizontal, Diagonal, or Vertical Double Half Hitches. Frequently, the diagrams will depict the rows of horizontal and diagonal DHHs as long unified bars and will not show each individual knot (see Figures 21 & 23).

2. The diagrams of Vertical Double Half Hitches (VDHHs) will usually show the details of every knot (see Figure 21).

3. Cord Numbering - Most of the projects have directions that refer to the vertical hanging cords (also known as the warp cords) by number according to their sequence from left to right (see Figure 22) Cords can change sequence and therefore number from row to row. For example, in Figure 23, Cd#6 (the 6th cord from the left) in Row 2 is used as the AC for the following row. Kow 3. After knotting the row, it will end up in the first position on the left and therefore become Cd#l in Row 3.

4. The Runner Cord In some of the projects (1, 2, 3, 7, & 8) there is a separate cord that "runs" back and forth through the rows of knotting (see Figure 22, the darker cord). This cord (or cords, if you are using more than one color) can serve alternately as an Anchor Cord «AC) when the pattern calls for a horizontal DHH or as a Knotting Cord (KC) when the pattern calls for a VDHH. The other projects (4, 5, b, 9 & 10) do not have a separate Runner Cord but rather make use of one of the warp cords when an AC is needed (see Figure 23).

5. The projects are generally placed in order of difficulty, with the beginning projects being the- easiest to complete.

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