Brilliant! Many thanks Stu
The system of using a "mule" is ingenious.
Originally Posted by redsky49
Thanks to everyone. Now that I know what the knot is called, Google was very helpful. Also found various alternatives under "rope weaving", of which I never would have thought.
And I am now considering a version using two different colored paracords. Need to visit the chandlery
Prompted by your thread I am trying decorative knots for the first time.
I don't know if you have found a good instruction source for Turk's Heads (watching YouTubes would probably be useful), but here is a bit I have learned since last night:
The initial single
strand "braid" can be made up of odd or even leads.
Two leads: Dead easy (just wraps one around the other in a series of overhands
Three leads (what seems to be classically known as a Turk's Head): Fairly easy. Grog gives simple to follow instructions:
Turk's Head | How to tie a Turk's Head | Decorative Knots
Four, six, eight ... leads are just built up on a two lead.
Five, seven, nine ... leads are just built up on a three lead.
One you have completed the number of leads with just the one strand, continuing to wrap more strands is child's play as you have a pattern to follow and you just keep going around and around as many times as you wish. Not giving each lead the same number of strands produces some interesting patterns.
I attempted a three lead first. So far so good. To get the hang of Turk's Heads, I suggest anyone starting off try this first to get a bit of skill and confidence.
I muddled with four leads getting nowhere until Stu provided the link for even leads. That helped, but my result was still a bit like you achieve when drop a loose line in a locker and fish
it out a week later
. The problem is deciding on the right number of initial turns in the starting two lead and keeping them even. Being past midnight did not help
Stu's link kept referring to Lesson 1 (odd leads), so this morning I finally did the sensible thing and worked through building on a three lead to make a five lead. After the initial completion of the five leads, I wove the cord around another five times, producing two parallel strands, known as a 5 lead/9 bight (the bights are the number of times you go around after the initial one).
It was not hard, you just need a little patience and concentration to initially create the leads.
This is the link to Lesson 1:
And here is the first try result:
The more leads you have and the more more bights you weave, the narrower and narrower the diameter becomes, so leave plenty of room. The diameter of the above started larger than 4 fingers and ended up too small to fit on my wrist.
I will try even leads again tonight, now that odds are easy. Evens surely can't be that much harder
. Can anyone familiar with decorative work comment on how best to work out the number of overhands needed initially in the starting two lead? That is a stumbling block at the moment.
I presume when you are wrapping a Turk's Head around an object like a wheel, that you weave a big diameter first then go back and tighten each strand to make it snug?