As a keen dabbler in the world of knots, I have long been intrigued by the intricate patterns of what are known as Turk’s Head knots. For a long time though, I just couldn’t get my head around even the simplest of them.
One of the most basic Turk’s head knots of all is one that is used by boy scouts all over the world. They call it a ‘woggle’, and they use it to fix in place the neckerchief that is part of the scouts’ uniform. (I could be wrong. Maybe they all wear hoodies these days. Who knows? 🙂 )
Anyway, I was particularly peeved at my inability to tie this particular knot. How can it be, I grumbled, that I, a fortysomething (a lot of something, by the way) bloke, can’t figure out how to tie a knot that is second nature to a ten-year-old!
So for a while I didn’t bother looking at any Turk’s heads. Then I had another try. This time all those beautifully clear photographs and diagrams that were impervious to me before suddenly made sense. I made up some cordage out of variousl colours of scrap yarn, using my lucet, and then tied several different Turk’s head knots. Feast your peepers on the gallery below and be truly awestruck. And no, I haven’t cut and tidied all the ends. Just admire the under-over-under sequences. One day I might tell you how you too can tie these beauties 🙂
Technical stuff for geeky knotters:
The Turks head knots in the gallery are as follows.
Red = 4 Lead, 3 Bight
Lilac/White = 5 Lead, 4 Bight
Green = 3 Lead, 4 Bight (this one is the scouts’ woggle!)
Orange = 3 Lead, 5 Bight
Yellow = 4 Lead, 5 Bight (more about this one in a future post).