How to Tie Basic Celtic Knots

    by Kim Fuller

    About the Author

    Kim Fuller has been writing food and lifestyle features since 2007. She now lives in Vail, Colo., after spending one year traveling Europe. Fuller is a regular contributor to Gaiam Life, an online fitness and wellness publication. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado in Boulder.


    Celtic knots are known for being continuous, representing the idea of infinity. They can be used for decoration, as well as in jewelry and beadwork. The idea of interlacing patterns is also known as plaitwork. There are many kinds of Celtic knot patterns, but the basic symmetrical square is simple to construct.

    Things You'll Need

    • 2-foot-lengths of cord, 2

    Tying the Knot

    Tie the ends of the two cords together and fasten the end knot to a table or hook that you can use for resistance when you are tying your Celtic knot. You should have a right-side string and a left-side string.

    Make a quarter-sized loop with the string on the left side. Take the string on the right side and thread it over the left string, under the left string, then back over the left string.

    Keep looping the right side string around the other string, taking it up and under the crossing string, and up and under the next crossing string. Your knot should begin to look like a square with rounded edges.

    Continue to loop the string around the top of the knot, taking it under and over the final crossing string. Gently pull the knot to check if it is symmetrical.

    • Incorporate Celtic knots into beadwork using thin silky cords or make coasters or bracelets featuring the knots with thicker cord or rope.