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

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 -
Albatrosses And Shearwaters
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

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Complex Figures