Turk's head knots go back centuries. They were and still are useful for numerous applications especially on sailing vessels. The knot could be used as foot or hand holds on ropes, in lifelines and on the up and down (king) spoke of the ship's steering wheel - when it is upright, it indicates the rudder is centrally located. Shown below is the knot in shipboard netting. Some racing crews wear a turk's head knot bracelet or anklet.
There is a specific terminology for variations of this knot. Take this blue 3-lead, 10-bight Turk's head knot for example. The 3 lead refers to the main strands used - i.e. 3 pairs of working strands. The bights refer the number of crossings.
You work either with just your hands or weave it around something cylindrical like a can. The ends are tucked in and usually made more secure with glue or sewing. Game to try? Then here are the tutorials to get you started.
how to make a sailor's knot bracelet using nylon cord.
2. Selfmadesailor's quick video on how to make a turk's head knot also shows you how it can be converted into a ball - this is a super idea for making knotted jewelry albeit with finer cord than he is using!
This site by Willeke also shows you how to make simple knotted bracelets or necklaces with one or more turk's head knots as shown on the left.
3.Selfmadesailor has another great video tutorial where he shows us how to make the turk's head knot in a flat fashion to create a mat. But watch what he does at the end where he easily turns it into a cylindrical turk's head knot like for a bracelet.
Stormdrane's blog. He has a useful idea for making turk's head knot lanyards which can decorate anything from cell phones to Swiss Army knives as well as ways to make luggage handle wraps - helps identify your black bag amongst zillions of other black bags at airports! Also check out his videos on Youtube.
Whatknotnow blog and has an Etsy store. This black one with red beads is a stunner! I've also added his white one with teal beads below which shows off his workmanship.
Be prepared with paracord survival bracelets
Principles of Turk's Head Knot
Original Post by THE BEADING GEM