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pentagonal stellar knot in red, white, and blue with cut ears A pentagonal stellar knot tied in red, white and blue in a tribute to the flag colours and stars. Since I wanted the colours to remain in the same order as they went around the knot, the ears could not nest as is usually desirable in a ribbon style multi-strand knot. Instead the colours cross as shown below. Knowing this would happen, I had planned to cut the ears when I started thinking of the design. Once cut, it was both less and more than I expected as the cut ends were more chaotic than I was expecting, although down near the body of the knot the doubled colour alignment from the front and back layers was... well, I'm still trying to decide how much I like or dislike it. 8)

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grey hexagonal stellar knot with little beadsback of grey hexagonal stellar knot with little beads The "back" side (see right) is the first side I worked on.

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the hexagonal stellar knot, overlap 1, with the centre bead in place Here's a progress shot of black version with the centre bead in place. Pretty, no? 8)

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hexagonal stellar knot with overlap of one in blackhexagonal stellar knot with overlap of one in grey No way to tell if grey or black will go better with those hexagonal beads but to do

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hexagonal type 2 stellar knot in red sidelined in black I finally successfully tied and tightened the type 2 hexagonal stellar knot. It's nice but the centre hole is not as big as I'd hoped. So, it's back to the standard stellar knot with fewer overlaps, methinks.

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hexagonal stellar knot type 2 tied in a shoelacehexagonal stellar knot type 2 sucessfully tied As previously mentioned, I decided to tie the hexagonal type 2 stellar knot with my nice and graphic shoelace in hopes of gaining insight as to what exactly was going wrong. As you can see from the picture to the left, I didn't succeed in tying the knot any better with the shoelace, but I did gain insight:
1) the type 2 is created by a process similar to extra overlapping in a standard flower knot

With those nice hexagonal beads, I wanted to frame them with a hexagonal knot. It didn't need to be particularly stable as I'd be reinforcing the central area with thread (and more beads), so likely I'd be taking a hexagonal knot and reduce the amount of overlapping an favour of a bigger centre hole, the better to display the framed bead rather than hide it. Looking through Lydia Chen's third book, I decided on the "Type 2 Compound Constellation Knot" which unlike your basic hexagonal stellar knot (which is uouu) has a structural loop path of uuouo. At this point I've tied it about 6-7 times and each time it looks... funny. As usual with a new polygonal knot, it's the last interlacing pass on the back side that's tricky.

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