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Making a Ten-Square feature in a square-knot field
This is how to put a ten-square feature into a larger belt or any square-knotting field of over 28
lines.  It may easily be adapted to give you as many squares-in-squares as you may care to
work on, there being no real limit to the number of lines in the work or the size of the feature to
be accomplished, but for the purposes of this tutorial we'll use a 28 line strap-in-progress an
put a ten-square feature into it.

The "ten-square" refers to the fact that there is one large outer square which then contains
nine smaller squares.  That wunn't too hard, wuzzit?

On the left you will see the completed feature and by clicking this (or any other picture) you
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Now run the
capped
half-hitch line
down the
(opposite the
one you chose,
innit?) other side
(3)  and you're
ready to start
putting in the
little diamonds.
Again, since you
started on the
previous
halfhitch line,
that's 13 sets of
two half-hitches
each.
Make three set of hitches
(
4) then do the bottom
cap run of three (
5),  then
do the other side (
6) and
finally the bottom row (
7),
which will form your first
diamond.  

Continue this scheme
along as in the
subsequent pictures, (
8
thru
15) which just show
the diamonds as they are
being done...  Take care
to keep the capping lines
as close to 90 degrees to
one another as
possible... They will
"diamond" up for you but
if you get one line 'way
off in orientation, it's best
to pull it out and re-do it  
rather than trusting the
jointures to true things
up for you.  
There y'go.... Bob's your Uncle and all's right with the world.  Simply do square-knots to regain the field and you're off to your next adventure in
ruining the skin of your hands.  
Here's an isometric view of the assembly which
may  give you a slightly better visualization of
what's going on...  Note that all the internal
diamonds are three sets long...when you count in
the capping row you get four lines used  per
diamond side which give you twelve and one for
the top and bottom makes fourteen per side, thus
twenty-eight for the entire construction.  Thus for a
twenty-line belt you're limited to a five-diamond
(one big and four small) design.  

Of course, you can also do a five diamond design
in 28 lines by using five pairs down and the
capping row, giving you six lines used per
diamond, plus top and bottom and you're back to
fourteen per side or twenty-eight total.  In a five
-diamond, you can also throw a squareknot
collector in the centre of each diamond as an
accent.





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Starting the
feature, you
should have a
clear row
across the
field
(1) which
you will work
into an
inverted VEE
as shown in

(2)
.  

Once the VEE is
created, run one
row of
half-hitches
down the
(choose one)
side but leave
the last set
undone.  Since
we're using the
28-line setup,  
that's 13 sets of
two half-hitches
on the first side.
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