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These are a few examples of variations that can be made from our basic Trinity Knot.

For this example I have made a regular Trinity knot, and then added three circles. To make the circles, use the centre point from your original circle for the Trinity knot. Make sure when you make the circles that you leave enough room for the knot strips to pass over each other and the circle, you shouldn't have three strips crossing over the same spot of you won't be able to weave the over/unders properly. Then you just start erasing the over/unders as usual, except that you are weaving it through the circles as well this time.

This Trinity knot is a bit more complex. It is actually two Trinity knots woven together, one larger and the other smaller. To do this, make your first Trinity knot as usual, and then enlarge your compass even more. About the width of your lines again is usually sufficient. Draw your arcs now with the point of your compass in the alternate circle points from the ones you used to draw the first knot. These will be the ones on the circle that the petal points of the first knot touch, not the plain marks on the circle. You'll see if it's right when you place your compass, as you want to put this new knot askew of the first one, not directly on top of it. Then enlarge your compass by the line width again and draw the other side of the knot strips. Erase your over/unders as usual.

For an unusual space, it is often helpful to use graph paper again and circle or oval templates instead of a compass. Use the graph paper as you make the knot to make sure each line on each side is equidistant from the dots around it. This type of knot is a bit more freehand, and you may have to do some shifting around to make sure the knot is symmetrical. Use different sized ovals and circles to make the knot fill the space, and then go in and make your overs and unders.

Next, Creating a Trinity Knot - an animation...

If you're enjoying these tutorials, you need to get a copy of my book Creating Celtic Knotwork: A Fresh Approach to Traditional Design, Published by Dover Publications, the book has much more information than these online tutorials have, more explanations, examples, exercises to work through... become a Celtic art master!

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