Turk's-Head & Related Coverings

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Pineapple Knots & Variations.

A Long Pineapple Knot with a varied interweave.
Below is a picture the finished Pineapple Knot being examined by Buddha.
I think he probably approves.

This is a 90 part x 48 bight, 6 Pass, Type 6 Pineapple Knot, with a varied interweave, tied over a beach combed fishing net float which I found on the beach near my old home town of Barrow-In-Furness

There are loops at each end formed from one long length of 10 strand trapezoidal braid U6, O2, spliced and stitched into a continuous strop.

There are two 12 part x 12 bight, 2 Pass, Type 2 Pineapple Knots sitting either side of the main knot, with a foundation of 8 bight, Single Strand Matthew Walker Knots.

All tied in 1.5mm line.

The braiding of the 10 strand trapezoidal braid in my braiding clamp.

The total length is 190 mm (7.5") x 45 mm (1.75") This would make one very large and very buoyant key fob for your boat keys, or a very nice light or fan pull handle, or the grip on a dirty bag, etc. etc..

The main Pineapple Knot is actually made up from 6 separate 15 part x 8 bight Turk's-Head knots, these are all interwoven into one single knotted covering. the fact this has a varied pattern makes it that much more special.

If you are a Knot Tyer and wish to try your hand at this interweave, or at least one very similar which is easily altered to make this interweave, bearing in mind you should be at least able to tie a standard multi pass Pineapple Knot, then please check out my help tutorial here: Pineapple Knot interweave tutorial. please note, this link will open a new window!

A close up of the finished Pineapple Knot, being examined by Buddha and in my hand for an idea of size

Pineapple Knot Key Fobs.

Top row: 5 pass, Type 5, single colour Pineapple knots. Bottom row: 6 pass, Type 1, bicolour Pineapple knots, and one 5 pass, Type 5, multicolour Pineapple knot. 30mm diameter. 

Some of my original 6 pass, Type 1 Pineapple knots. 30mm diameter

A selection of 6 pass, Type 1 Pineapple knots and 5 pass, type 5 Pineapple knots. 30mm diameter.

 Above: 4 pass, Type 3 Pineapple Knot key fob, with another altered interweave.
30mm diameter.

Pineapple Knot Light Pulls.

 Pineapple Knot Light Pull. (left)
6 pass, Type 6 Pineapple Knot. 45mm diameter. with smaller 2 pass, Type 1 Pineapple Knots.
Pineapple Knot Light Pull. (right)
5 pass, Type 5 Pineapple Knot. 40mm diameter. with smaller 2 pass, Type 1 Pineapple Knots

Pineapple Knot Light Pull. (left)
5 pass, Type 5 Pineapple Knot with altered interweave. 40mm diameter. with smaller 2 pass, Type 1 Pineapple Knots.
Pineapple Knot Light Pull. (right)
7 pass, Type 4 Pineapple Knot, with an altered interweave. (See Tutorial) 40mm diameter. with smaller 2 pass, Type 1 Pineapple Knots.

 Pineapple Knot Light Pull. (left)
5 pass, Type 5 Pineapple Knot. 40mm diameter. with smaller 2 pass, Type 1 Pineapple Knots.
Leather Wild Rag Slides. (right)
Leather core with leather braided Pineapple knot coverings, shown here on a sand washed silk Wild Rag.

Below: 6 pass, Type 3 Pineapple Knot, with an altered interweave. 35mm diameter.

A 360 Face Spherical Covering.

The design of the 360 face spherical covering knots pictured here was the brain child of Norbert Trupiano of France, and it is actually a modified Turk’s-Head knot.

Thanks go to Claude Hochet also of France; for making and publishing the over and under table; which I used for making the initial knot. This can be found on Charles Hamel’s Website 

The finished diameter of the balls is 50mm.

The covering knot consists of a single strand making 2 passes in the knot pictured above, and 3 passes in the knot pictured below.

The cores; (also pictured) are musical; Baoding Iron Balls from China.
These have been made and used in China since the time of the Ming Dynasty. 

A “Single” Strand, Extended Version of ABOK #1389.

Yup’ that’s right a single strand version of the two strand knot found in “The Ashley Book of Knots” ABOK as it is known amongst us Knot Freaks.

The knot is shown in the book as knot #1389 in the Turk’s-Head section though not really a Turk’s– Head except in the definition that it is a continuous cylindrical braid.
This knot is related to ABOK #3054; a 17 strand half round sinnet.

ABOK #1389 is actually a two strand knot consisting of an underlying 6 part Turk’s-Head which is  then interwoven with another 11 parts; making this a 17 part knot.

We have the very clever French man Norbert Trupiano to thank for working out the trick to make this knot work as a single strand knot, and Charles Hamel for publishing Norbert’s findings.
Please see Charles Website were you will be able to find more information.

The original Diagram as shown in ABOK has only 14 bights on the edges of the diagram, this extended knot as pictured above left uses a diagram with 98 bights on the edges of the diagram.

I believe that I was only the second person in the world to have tied this knot in its extended single strand version?
And after tying it I can see why ;-)
Anyone else tried it yet?

For  more info on how I tied this knot see my  Blog  post.