Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Knot

This Figure is used to invert the order of adjacent Couples in a Longwise set, using a Travelling step throughout and, in the middle bars, Allemande hold. The knot bears a superficial resemblance to an inverted Allemande; it is equally prescriptive and exists in forms for 2 Couples and 3 Couples. It differs markedly in not requiring the Couples to Start on the Centre line.

For full descriptions of the two forms of this Figure, see -
The Knot For 2 Couples
The Knot For 3 Couples

The slip knot for 2 couples and The slip knot for 3 couples are derivatives in which the last 2 bars of each 8-bar precursor Figure is modified, resulting in no and a different Progression, respectively.

For example, here are some Scottish Country Dances in which the term, The Knot, is used in either the MiniCrib or the MaxiCrib Dance instructions or both -
Lammermuir Hills
Purley's 30th Anniversary
Ruthin Ladies
Silver Strathspey
Tartan Rainbow
Tying The Knot (Glasspool/Hall)
Wells House

Dance Video Clip Which Demonstrates The Knot

The Knot Video Clip

Links To Pages Related To 'The Knot'

Complex Figures