AGM: Strand Width & Strand Gap

Estimating knot size and cord needed

AGM: Strand Width & Strand Gap

One of the most helpful things about Advanced Grid Maker is using Strand Width and Strand Gap to estimate the size of a knot and the length(s) of cord needed. Here’s a quick example – combine these with Resize and Stretch for even better estimates.

The Fields

Strand Width is the width of the material you’re tying with.

Strand Gap adjusts the amount of space between strands.

AGM: Strand Width and Strand Gap fields
AGM: Strand Width and Strand Gap fields

Reference Images

Separate from size estimates and tying instructions, AGM is great at generating reference images.

For this, Strand Width and Strand Gap can be used to make the image easier to work from – Strand Gap is especially useful for adding space around crossings and seeing what’s underneath.

But in this scenario, neither has to be especially accurate.

Size Estimates

For AGM to provide a good estimate of knot size and cord lengths, set Strand Width and Strand Gap as accurately as possible.

Calipers are great for measuring strand width, but you also have to think about the material you’re tying and how tight you tie.

For example, I use a lot of paracord. Gutted and pressed flat, it’s easy to get an accurate width. On the other hand, un-gutted cord starts narrower and rounder, then gets a bit wider and flatter as you lay it in.

You can account for these kinds of materials by adding a bit to either the Strand Width or Strand Gap.

AGM: Strand Width & Strand Gap
AGM: Strand Width & Strand Gap

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