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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 the Double Leaf Knot. 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.




The Double Leaf Knot is a bit different to make, because not only do you have to use the regular walls to make it work, but you also have to use a pair of "fake walls". Normally walls only go between big dots, but in this intance you also need to put the walls through some little dots as well. Along the little dots outside of our normal walls, mark off two more "L" walls as shown.


Within the large rectangle made by the "fake" walls, begin criss-crossing all the little dots. As in the normal Leaf Knot, you don't cross the dots outside of the rectangle.


You should end up with five little dots that have been crossed.


Now add your corners inside on the rectangle. You will only be able to make two corners in the innermost part of the rectangle.


Join the knot lines around the outside of both the rectangles, as shown. Again, there should be no ends left unjoined.


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

Next, The Leaf Knot Border...


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All tutorials copyright Cari Buziak, 1995-current