So celtic knots- nearly impossible to draw- right? Wrong! Here is the easiest way ever to draw them. I learned this at summer camp when I was a kid. I found my old drawings when I was cleaning out my art supplies recently.
Start with a basic rectangle of diagonal dots:
Then you fill it in, according to the rules.
The rules (illustration below):
- Draw a rectangle of offset dots. One side of your rectangle or square should have an even number of dots and one side should have an odd number.
- Start to fill in diagonal lines going in one direction
- Finish drawing the diagonal lines in the same direction
- Draw diagonal lines in the opposite direction
- Connect the lines along the walls
- Connect the lines along the corners
- Color in between the lines
The smallest knot you can draw is a 3×3 square:
You can also draw bigger knots, and draw perpendicular lines connecting dots. This will make extra corners in the middle of your knot:
Once you have mastered square knots, you can branch out! I made this “J” knot to put on the front of a card for a friend’s birthday:
Just have fun with it. Remember the rules, and if all else fails, you can always erase and start over. Have fun!