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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.




You can also make a more interesting corner for you border by making the knot jut out around the corner. Here I've marked off my area as usual, and also included a patch of graph paper on the inside of the corner. As always, cross an "X" over all your little dots that fall within the marked off area.


Add all your corners and elbows. As before, my border here is only a small section and so has end caps on the top edge and the right hand lower edge, but yours would continue around until it joined up with itself.


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.

Next, The Lover's Knot Corner...


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All tutorials copyright Cari Buziak, 1995-current