The Silken Knot
by Sue McKinnell 4x32 Strathspey for 4C
square set
1-8 1W & 3W dance directly across the dance and behind the position of the man opposite, then turn to dance into the set as if between the couple opposite (who are not there) WHILE 1M & 3M turn over RS and cast behind next couple CW (1M to 2C & 3M to 4C), then turn to dance into the set between that couple. 1C & 3C dance RH across, 1C ending in promenade hold facing 2C, 3C ending in promenade hold facing 4C.
9-16 Eight-bar reels 1C in promenade hold with 2C, 3C in promenade hold with 4C; 1C end facing 2C, 3C end facing 4C.
17-24 1C & 2C, 3C & 4C set to each other and dance four hands once round to the left; then 1M and 3M lead partner by RH across in front of them to dance to original positions WHILE 2C & 3C set.
25-32 All turn partner BH once round, then circle eight hands round to the left of the way around the set, ending 2, 3, 4, 1.
Repeat 4 times.
Suggested music is The Monmouth Ramble from Celebrate 50 Years with the Boston Branch, or the Balmoral Strathspey from Dances Frae the North.