Weaving decorative knot "Turkish head"


Author: Vladimir

In this workshop I will teach you how to weave a decorative knot “Turkish Head” or “Turk's Head”

The “Turkish Head” knot is a tubular knot that is usually woven around cylindrical objects. This name combines a whole collection of nodes, not this particular node. The name was due to its similarity with a turban and due to the fact that Western Europeans called all the inhabitants of Central Asia Turks.

For the work we need:

  • a small cylindrical object (I used a piece of polypropylene pipe) but it is best to immediately weave a knot on the object that you want to decorate.
  • rope. The required length of the rope is estimated approximately as follows: take the decoration item and wrap around 3 turns for each pass (in the title photo the knot on the left is 3 passes, the knot on the right is 5 passes, I'll explain a little lower why they have different patterns).
  • I use a special needle for weaving. Such needles are not sold, but are made only by hand. You can do without it, but with her much easier. (if it is interesting to lay out a method for manufacturing such a needle at home).
  • another self-made tool - spike (English spike) for tightening the node. It can be replaced with a regular knitting needle for knitting, or with any thin object with a smooth tip.

Take our cylindrical object and twist it 2 times:
Each subsequent round we put on top of the previous one:

We start the third coil by staging it under the first coil:
To make it like this:

In the next step, we need to make a loop. we take the second turn a little behind the working end ...

(the working end of the rope is the end that we manipulate)
... and toss to the right through the next round:

and pass into the resulting loop working end:
next step:

and we get the following:
The first pass is ready. If the diameter of the object to be decorated is large enough and the pattern is quite sparse, then you can “seal” it, continuing the first pass along the same principle. The main point - to stop the process of sealing the pattern is necessary in a place where the next pass begins, i.e. near the initial end of the rope, and if the initial end sticks out to the left, then the worker must also stick out to the left. This is clearly seen in the following photo:
Before starting the second pass, I want to explain why the pattern in the head photographs differs so much. The fact is that there are 2 options for continuing the weaving of this node (this applies to the second and subsequent passes). We will look at both of them.

Let's start with the easier option.

So, the second pass:

the working end is started before !!! from the very beginning, i.e. parallel.

In order not to get confused, watch where the working end is relative to the beginning.
It is clearly seen here that in this version of the weaving during the subsequent passage the thread goes parallel to the thread of the first pass, and repeats all its movements:

The main thing is not to cross the thread of the second pass with the thread of the first pass within one turn.

Here we come to the beginning. At this stage, we "doubled" one of the three turns of the first pass.

continue on ...
... until we get a "doubling" of all three threads of the first pass:

We do the third pass in the same way as the first pass - the thread should go parallel and trace to the next one with the thread of the previous pass and in no case should it cross.

If you do not plan to further increase the number of passes, then the working end should be threaded under all the threads of the knot:
Now, using the spike tool or its equivalent, it is necessary to tighten the knot. This is done like this:

Hold down the initial end with a finger and pry the cord slightly. This should be done after each bend of the rope until you reach its very end.
voila, the knot is ready:
Now I want to teach you the second way of weaving this knot.

Let's start with fixing the learned:

Here we come to the beginning. The key point is where the distinction between weaving begins. The last time we started the thread before the initial end, and now we will start after. But this is not all the difference. Here there is a certain algorithm for further weaving. In the photo below you can see that the working end passes over two threads. So, the algorithm is as follows: from the second pass, the rule starts: when you pass No. X, the first turn passes over X number of threads, then under X-1, and the second turn passes over X number of threads, then under the same number (X)

Consider in the pictures.

over two, under one:

over two:
under one:
And so on, until you reach the initial end of the rope. This was the first turn.

the second round is over two:
under two:

over two, under two:
And here we come to the initial end of the cord. third pass.

over three:
under two:

Finished the coil, now over three:
under three:
over three, under three:
and so on, until we reached the beginning:
If three passes are enough, we carry out the working end under all the threads of the knot, begin to tighten and get the following result:
or continue to increase the number of passes. On the right node, I brought the number of passes to five, and this is what happened:

The practical application of this type of decorative knots is quite wide:

  • braid knives and tools
  • bracelets
  • key chains
  • braid flasks for beverages