October 29, 2011

Prince Edwards' carrack bracelet 1631

 This unusual turks head knot bracelet is made from this pattern published by Charles Hamel which was deduced from this piece of sailor's craftwork made in 1925 by  HRH Prince George Edward Alexander Edmund, Duke of Kent now held in the knot collection of the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, England.

Using Charles' pattern mounted on a cardboard tube I made this example out of 3/32" cotton cord.

This is available in my Zibbet marketplace.
You can see that the knot is a plain weave turks head of 7 parts and 8 bights. The carrack bends (there are 8 of them) appear in the inner part of the knot offset from each other. This example is rather loosely tied.
Here are a few more patterns by Don Wright also courtesy of Charles' web site:

photographs © copyright 2011 WhatKnotShop


Norm Carpenter said...

Very nice work. What did you use to draw your diagrams with? Those are very nice too.

George said...

The diagrams came from Charles Hamel's web site. I did not draw them.

Anonymous said...

Could you post a video on how to tie this?

George said...

For those of you interested in creating your own versions of this design I'd suggest a visit to Charles Hamel's web site (link above) where you can find printable patterns. Trace the pattern with a highlighter to understand the progression and see the over-under crossings.

Mount the pattern on a cardboard tube and use push pins to hold the cord in place while you follow the lines with your cord. It takes some time to do this thus is not a good subject for a short video.