Celtic Knots

celtic knotsCeltic knots make great decorative borders. Want to learn how to make one? The technique is to master the structure of the plait with strands and interlock in a specific way.

When you learn how to draw Celtic knots, you’re actually learning how to plait on paper. All Celtic knotwork or interlace is based on the structure of a plait with (usually) two, three, four, five or six strands. By interrupting this plait in certain ways, linked knots are created.

How to Draw Celtic Knots

The one thing all plaits and weaves have in common is crossed cords (or crossed strands, cables, strings, lines, strips etc). Cords cross each other, over and under, to make all plaits and interlaced patterns.

So here’s the first secret – the real starting point for how to draw Celtic knots is not a plait but a simpler unit – the building block of all Celtic knots: two crossed cords in a square.

If you’d like to know more about how to draw Celtic knots for use in decorative borders, illuminated letters etc, these pages show you:

• How to draw the basic unit which makes up all Celtic knots
• Join cords to ‘knot the ends’
• How to repeat units to create twists, plaits and weaving (2, 4, 6 and 8 strands)
• Create all kinds of patterns in your knots

Here’s the knot I’ll be using as an example. As you work through, you’ll learn a lot more than just this one knot! You’ll practise the skills you’ll need so as to know how to draw Celtic knots of your own. You should then be able to design your own page borders, knot decorations, illuminated letters etc.


You will need basic art materials:

  • Pencil, paper, and eraser for the working drawings.
  • A small ruler for measuring out the squares.
  • Black (or colour) for filling in your Celtic knot design at the end.

Source: http://www.calligraphy-skills.com/how-to-draw-celtic-knots.html

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