November 13, 2010

How to make turks head knots - some interesting sites

First off the Wikipedia definition for those of you new to the hobby.

There are a number of excellent online tutorials available that show how to tie turks head knots.
Here are a few of my favorites:

The Golden Knots site "Hand-crafted Knot Jewelry: Decorative Marlingspike Seamanship rendered in precious metal" There are some good illustrated "how-to" instructions in cotton cord as well.
 5 lead x 4 bight     click here
 7 lead x 8 bight     click here
both illustrated with still photos by Loren Damewood

Jan Brett's Sailor Bracelet site is a nice simple single page illustration of how to make a classic three part rope bracelet. This would be a great project for kids on a rainy afternoon.

Alan Folsom's knotting page is another great source for instructions on tying turks heads. How to Tie a Turkshead will get you started.

Animated Knots by Grog has a great animated sequence showing how to tie the basic three part turks head also know as a "woggle" by the boy Scouts.

Stormdrane's Blog has a video that will get you started on a bigger project.

One of the many video tutorials showing how to tie a simpler 5 x 4 knot

Disclaimer: Now this short listing is not complete. I'm sure there are a number of other sites with instructions and illustrations not to mention the large number of crafters and old salts who make and sell a wide variety of things nautical. Please feel free to leave messages with additional references or comments.


Jei said...

I've had a long fascination with knots, ever since I was a Boy Scout.
I particularly like your simple herringbone knot in the "reserved for Michelle 1787" white bracelet.
Could you tell me what the name of that knot is?

George said...

The white bracelet is a herringbone weave turks head of just one strand. The pattern is 34 x 5 x 1. Here's a link to a tutorial :

Follow the steps in part1, 2, and 3. This will create the knot with a single strand. You may then work it up to an even tension the result will be similar to the design 1787,

Jei said...

Thank you George!
Have a great day and happy knotting! -J