T-shaped Turks Head Knots and How To Tie Them

Today, you will learn how to tie the T-shaped Turk’s Head knot.

On the Internet you can find lots of different Turk’s Head knots, but you rarely find the T-shaped version. Decorate a tool handle  with it (if you want to have the fanciest spade down at the allotments 🙂 ) or tie one on a car steering wheel Look around and see if you can find any other uses for it in your home, such as a bed headboard or footboard.

If you have never tied any turk’s head knots before, this may be a tricky one to start with, but the results are most rewarding.


This is one I tied on a dibber recently.

Right, let’s get down to tying our T-shaped turk’s head knot. First, grab a dibber, spade, or something else of the required shape. Then, place your chosen cordage over the left arm of whatever you are using, as shown in the photo below.


Now for some essential knot tyer’s jargon. See the end of cord that disappears off down out of the left side of the photo? That just leads to the other end of the cord, whether it be two feet or ten yards away. All that end does is sit there. Or stand there, if you prefer. And we knotters call this the standing end.

But wait, it gets even more complicated :). Because the bit I have in my hand is the end I shall be doing all the work with. What do you think knotters call this? Yes folks, it’s the working end!

Now take that working end and tuck it under the standing end, as shown below.


Now study the next two photos carefully. See how I’ve opened that last bit up to make some space? Well we’re going to be using that gap soon. And while we are still at a fairly early stage, take careful note of the part of the cord I am indicating with a red pointer in the second photo. You’ll need to find that particular piece not in the next move but the one immediately after it. Be on the alert…



OK, first let’s pass the working end round behind the right arm of the tool handle, then across the front and underneath the standing end, as shown below. Notice that opened out space is still there in the middle.


Take the working end under, then over, through that middle space, and then…


…round behind the right arm and across the front again.


Now, as shown in the picture below, this is where you pass the working end underneath that section of the cord that you pinpointed a few steps ago. It is essential to pass under the correct part if your knot is to succeed.


Then take the working end over the standing end.


I’ve tightened the knot up slightly at the bottom, but I have indicated clearly with the trusty red pointer where you should go next. Having just gone over the standing end, you now need to come under, then over, then under the three sections in the middle of the tool.


Here’s how things should look if you do them right. Not far to go now, you’ll be pleased to know 🙂


Now, as in the photos below, we are going to throw that working end over the right arm of the tool, and then turn to view the rear of the tool. A simple little over-under-over sequence comes next. First I’ve indicated with the red pointer, then I show how it should look when it’s done.



Now turn the tool so you’re looking at the front again, and bring the working end round and underneath the standing end. Aren’t you pleased we had that little chat about standing and working ends earlier? 🙂


Finally, tuck the working end up and alongside the standing end, as shown in the photo below. To double or treble the knot, simply follow alongside the standing end all the way around until you have two (or three, if you’re trebling it) strands of cord at every turn. Take your time, take a lot of care, and tighten slowly and methodically when you eventually finish.


If you are like me, you might get annoyed or frustrated with turk’s head knots, but if you take a break and come back to them, you will figure them out in the end.

Happy knotting 🙂



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