Breast Plate Designs
(Nederlands) Brian Field

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Brian E.Fields made a booklet : "Breast Plate designs." Because I liked it and because there was a great demand for fancy knots I aksed and got permission to publish a part of this work on the WEB.
If you like it and want the complete booklet you can find detailed information on how to buy it on The IGKT store
In the booklet you will find about 20 breast plates and about 5 mats. On this page you find a sample of 5 breastplates from his booklet. =
These breastplates are small enough to be tied in the hand, but if you have ten thumbs, by all means use a board and pins.
A nine feet, three meter, fathom and a half lenght of two mm line is sufficient to make and double all these designs and form the neck loop. When tieng a knot start in the middle of the line and work with one end and then the other. =

The Bell

BP-05 Start with a twist .. and lock it in position aby using the ends (see diagram right). Extend the bottom loop in the directions shown by the arrows.

The extended bottom loop is twisted to produce a locked bight on either side and these bights are held in position by passing the right side end as shown and then using the left end to lock and finish the knot.

Double Headed Carrick

BP-11 Start with two in terlinked half hitches and pass one end as shown.

The second end may now be passed in a regular over and under weave to complete the first part of the knot. Next work slack around the to extend bight x which is then twisted to lock.

The working ends are then used to lock the twisted bight in position and the knot is ready for doubling.

Handcuff Hitch Breasplate

BP-12a Start with a half knot and lengthen the two bights. Twist the bights to lock them (this will produce a regular over and under weave).
Lay one bight over the other (check that the sequence is correct by examining the rectangle r) Take one end and lock the bights as shown. Arrange the doubling so that both ends finish at x ~ this is the top loop of the knot.

BP-12b The finished design is small but does form a basis for other patterns such as the design on the right. How to develop one from the other is your problem! (Solved on the next page in the booklet.)

Mors du Cheval (second Method)

BP-18 Start with two bights (unlocked half knot) and lock by passing the ends as shown. Extend bight x.
Twist the extended bight so as to lock it, (check the rectangle a. just to make sure the twist was correct), and pass the end as shown to complete the knot. Double (or preferably treble).

I believe this must have been the method used by the Viking who made the Bornhol pendant (dated 800ac-100 ac). He worked with three strands of wire rather than face the problems of trebling, and the work hardening that would inevitably affect the wire when bent as often as required by the tripling technique.


BP-19 Start with Mors du Cheval (see previous knot) and extend the two center bottom bights.
Twist these extended bights to lock them and place one over the other, as shown.

The working ends are then pased as shown n a regular over and under weave to lock and complete the knot.
Its not quite a ´Tribulation´,but it was still a d--- n--- work out ~ hence the title.

Brain Field



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