A projection of a knot is k-alternating if its overcrossings and undercrossings alternate in groups of k as one reads around the projection (an obvious generalization of the notion of an alternating projection). We prove that every knot admits a 2-alternating projection, which partitions nontrivial knots into two classes: alternating and 2-alternating. © 2004 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
- alternating knots
- almost-alternating knots