Most knotwork patterns boil down to these eight identified patterns.
J. Romilly Allen says:
There are eight elementary knots which form the basis of nearly all the interlaced patterns in Celtic decorative art...Two of the elementary knots are derived from a three-cord plait, and the remaining six from a four-cord plait.
You can find Allen's book listed in the bibliography.
I have reproduced the eight basic knotwork patterns here, along with the three- and four-cord plait from which they're derived. My knotwork page tells how to draw these knots. Of special interest are Iain Bain's methods for drawing four-cord knots and three-cord knots.
|The three-cord plait|
|The four-cord plait|
Obviously, it's possible to make more patterns from the three- and four-cord plaits than just these eight. However, these are the patterns most frequently used by the Celtic artists. Therefore, I recommend sticking with these basic patterns in your projects to enhance the authenticity.
J. Romilly Allen's 8 Basic Knots
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