October 23, 2012

11x4x3 turks head knot tutorial part 1

This tutorial shows how to make an 11 bight by 4 part turks head knot out of 3 mm cord.
"Bight" is the place where the cord changes direction.
"Part" is the cord which is either "standing" (not moving) or "running" which is the live end.

Start with about 7 ft of cord. Make a three bight circumference of the mold placing the bights under the rubber bands as shown.

At the first overlap place the running end OVER the stationary or standing part as shown.

At the second overlap place the running part UNDER the standing part as shown.

Draw the cord though carefully and place the bight under the rubber band.
at the third overlap place the running part OVER the standing part as shown placing the bight under the rubber band.

The cords should be parallel and even.

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Anonymous said...

Thanks so much!

V.Stormborn said...

Hi and thank you for the tutorial. Can you please tell me what you use for your round mold shown in these photos? Is it just a steel can with a piece of paper wrapped around it and some rubber bands? It looks like it works really well! If that's all it takes, I'll have to make one myself.

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George said...

The mold is a cardboard tube with a white piece of paper wrapped around it to make the photos come out more clearly. You can use any type of cylindrical object. Bottles, cans, mailing tubes, sections of PVC pipe, anything that is the correct diameter for your project.

Anonymous said...

How do you move the bands around while knotting? Confusing for me.

George said...

You can lift the rubber bands as needed with your fingers as you place the loops (bights) under the band. The friction between the rubber and the cord is enough to hold the cord in place without undue pressure.