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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 what's commonly called the Lover's Knot (it looks sort of like two infinity symbols interwoven). 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, (sometimes also called the Josephine's Knot) you need to place two walls as shown. There should be two big dots between the dots that make up the walls.


Criss-cross the little dots that fall between the two walls. As in the Leaf Knots, do not cross the dots that fall outside of the rectangle made by the walls.


Add the elbows within the rectangle, and as well to the top and bottom of the rectangle. You should be left with two unjoined ends on each side.


Join the knot lines around the outside of the walls, so that there are no loose ends.


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.


The Lover's Knot can also be made with rounded loops, which often looks nice, especially when you are using it for romantic purposes, like decorations, etc. It has a bit softer look to it, but it can be made either way.


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All tutorials copyright Cari Buziak, 1995-current