My next version I will use reflective cord... coming soon...
The knot has been tripled, twice in black and once in blue
For those of you that are new to tying the Turks Head Knot I am going to suggest you use the Turks Head Cookbook from Knot Tool. First of all you get a book to make virtually hundreds of Turks Head Knots in very simple and easy to understand instructions. In the kit you also get the tools you need to start tying knots right away. And you get a threaded needle which is absolutely essential in tying complex knots. I am NOT affiliated with Knot Tool in any way, shape, or form. But when I find a good product, I like to share my opinion.
OK so let's get started. I am going to show you all the steps that I do to get to the end product....
Step 1: Preparation.
You will need to find a bottle you like. I used an empty instant tea bottle, of course washed and dried. (I like to put the bottle in the oven for a few minutes to dry the inside without water spots. Take off the lid and do not put lid in the oven.) Now measure the circumference of the bottle. Take a cord and tightly wrap the cord around the bottle. Mark where the ends meet, and use a ruler to measure the length of the cord. For my instant tea bottle the circumference is 27cm. I know from past knots that I have tied, that I want my knot to have 20 Bights in the top and bottom (bands) knots. I am going to use the Bights in the (bands) knots to tie the middle knot. Now divide the number of Bights (20) into the size of the circumference (27) to get the space between each Bight (1.35)... With me so far???
Now take two pieces of painters tape, using a ruler measure out the length of the circumference and mark the length on the both pieces of tape. Next you will mark the space between each Bight on the tape.
Now take a hole punch to cut holes in the tape where the lines meet. You will place the pegs in the holes.
These are what I use for pegs.
Insert a peg in each hole and carefully stick the first piece of tape to the bottle.
Now do the same thing with the second piece of tape. The numbers on each piece of tape must line up.
Step 2: Tying the Knot (not a wedding)
Using the Turks Head Cookbook, follow the numbers going over and under as indicated in the book. I chose a 20 Bight by 3 Lead knot, which will give me a nice band around the bottle. Once the ends meet you have made one complete knot. Tape the "running" end of your cord and start removing the pegs and the tape.
Once you have made three passes of the Turks Head Knot, use your needle to go under your knot about half the circumference and cut the cord. The knot will be tight enough to hide the tail in place.TIP: I carefully add a couple of drops of super glue UNDER the band to hold them in place and keep them from sliding around in the next steps. A drop or two in 3 or 4 places around the band should be enough.
Now repeat this whole step for the second band.
When tying the second band, you must make sure the Bights line up to the first band. This is crucial for the next step.
Wipe down the bottle to make sure all your finger prints and adhesive from the tape are all removed. You want to make sure your bottle is clean at this point. Any dirt or finger prints left on the bottle will be almost impossible to remove. From this point on we will use gloves when tying our last knot...
Step 3: Tying It All Together
Stick a piece of painters tape on top of your first band, leaving the bottom of the knot exposed.
Use a marker to count the number of Bights in your knot. Instead of using the pegs we are going to use the Bights to tie our next Turks Head Knot.
Do the same thing for the bottom band, but you must make sure your numbers on top and bottom line up. So #1 on top should be the same position as #1 on the bottom.
For this Turks Head Knot I am using a 20 Bight by 19 Lead knot.
Because of the amount of cord you are working with, your cord will get twisted and knotted. You will have to un-twist the cord often.... Its a pain in the rear, but it has to be done. And it has to be done alot!
Continue to tie the knot until you finish the knot. If you have the cord and the patience you can double or triple the knot. When you are done, use your needle to hide the ends under your bands. Cut the ends and your DONE...
Here you see the finished project...
I started with a Lanyard Knot on a loop.
The Lanyard Knot is a very simple knot to tie and adds a little bit of decorative flair to the lanyard.
Then begin to tie the Snake Knot.
You will continue to tie the Snake Knot until you reach the desired length.
TIP: I always use forceps when tying the Snake Knot. It just makes things a bit easier.
Now give yourself a couple of inches to make a loop. This loop will be used to attach to the carabiner.
Now tie another Lanyard Knot.
Carefully cut off the remaining ends and melt to prevent from fraying.
Attach the lanyard to the caribiner by feeding the bottom loop through the loop you just made. Then pull tight.
Lastly I add my "Every Day Carry" stuff...
Take the running end from the back and go through the opposite loop. This is the end coming from the right and going through the left loop.
Take the end coming from the left loop and pass it through the right loop.
Take the end coming from the right loop and pass it through the left loop.
Keep the cords going in the same direction...
Lanyard Knot. I forgot to take pictures of this knot, so I have included a link to a video on how to tie this knot.
Cut the excess cord as close to the knot as possible and melt the ends.
Take the Lanyard knot and pass through the loop formed by the Matthew Walker Knot... If the loop of the Matthew Walker Knot is too big you will have to loosen the MW Knot and reduce the size of the loop and then tighten it up again. (Or if your lazy, just grab a needle and thread and sew up the loop to make it smaller.)
The French Whipping gives the handle a nice grip that doesn't slip when my hands get sweaty on a hike...
I was cleaning out a drawer in my desk and I came across a 12 strand lanyard. I made this years ago when I was in summer camp. Some kid bet me a candy bar that it could not be made. So I bought yards and yards and yards of the plastic lanyard lace, and I proved him wrong... It was the tastiest candy bar I ever ate...mmmm the sweet, sweet taste of victory!
As you can see in the picture and the video below, I took 3 four strand lanyards and wove them all together. Then I started the barrel stitch... after a number of stitches I reversed the direction of the barrel stitch and made the lanyard a Zig Zag lanyard...
See my previous post on how to make a Zig Zag lanyard...