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I find one of the easiest ways to build nice, consistent Celtic knots is to use graph paper. This gives you an even guide to follow as you plot out your knot. I usually use graph paper where every second dot is slightly bigger, going both up and down. This leaves you with one regular dot, and then an emphasised dot, then another regular dot, and so on. You can bold every second dot yourself on regular graph paper by just using a different colored pen or marker to touch them up (see panel below for dot marking).

In each panel I will show you step by step how to create a Knotwork Border. Each new step will be in red. As you go through the panels, old steps will turn gold, and there will be a new step highlighted, again in red.




To make the Lover's Knot go around a corner, you need to mark off a strip that is four big dots wide. Add walls to the section, starting at the third big dot in and the third dot up from the corner. The walls going up the border need to lay flat on the horizontal, and the walls going along the top and bottom of the border need to be upright along the vertical. Add the "X" over all the little dots that fall between the walls.


Add your elbows to the knot, and the four corners that fall on the outside edge of your border. All the knot ends should be used up.


Pick a place where the lines criss-cross, and erase it so one passes over the other. Erase the other criss-crosses so that the over/unders alternate.


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All tutorials copyright Cari Buziak, 1995-current