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 Six Bight Turk's Head
Foundation

  Article is from:
"The Art of Braiding, The Basics - Third Revised Ed."

The 6 bight Turk's head is a very versatile button. It is the most valuable knots in braiding because it is the skeleton or foundation knot for decorative buttons with herringbone and gaucho interweaves. The 6 bight Turk's head when increased to 8 bights or higher, becomes the skeleton for the bosal heel knot and is capable of having multiple herringbone interweaves.
Reminder: The red arrows indicates the ending location of the last pass. The grey arrow indicates the same pass as in the previous illustration, but with the mandrel rotated.

To begin, pass the WE around the mandrel and pass over the SE, Fig. 1. The dotted grey line indicates the path of the pass on the other side of the mandrel. Continue around the mandrel and pass over one, Fig. 2. Fig. 3 is the same pass as Fig. 2, but with the mandrel rotated. Pass under one, Fig. 4.

Pass over one, Fig. 5. Continue around the mandrel on the left side, Fig. 6. Pass under one, Fig. 7. Pass over one on the right side, Fig. 8.

Continue around the mandrel on the right side, Fig. 9. Pass over one and under one, Fig. 10. Pass over one, Fig. 11. Continue around the mandrel on the left side, Fig. 12.

Pass over one and under one, Fig. 13. Pass over one on the right side, Fig. 14. Pass under one, Fig. 15. Pass over one, under one and over one, Fig. 16.

Hint: The final pass to complete the 4 bight Turk's head will be picking up the buried strings created in Figs. 8 -12. Pick up one in Figs. 13 & 14, one at the turn, Fig. 15 and one in Fig. 16, in an over one, under one pattern. The strings to be picked up are marked with blue arrows. 

 
Pass under one, Fig. 17. With the pass in Fig. 17, the 4 bight Turk's head is completed. To continue on to the 6 bight Turk's head, pass over one, under one and over one, Fig. 18. Fig. 19 is the same move as Fig. 18, but with the mandrel rotated. Pass over one and under one, Fig. 20.

 
Pass over one, under one and over one, Fig. 21. Pass over one and under one, Fig. 22. Pass over one and under one, Fig. 23. Pass over one and under one, Fig. 24.

 
Pass over one and under one, Fig. 25. Pass over one and under one, Fig.26. Pass over one and under one to the right of the SE, Fig. 27. This completes the 6 bight Turk's head.

Hint: As with completing the 4 bight Turk's head, complete the 6 bight Turk's head the same way in Figs. 22-26. Again pick up the buried strings marked with blue arrows, in an over one, under one pattern. The Turk's head must end in over one and under one throughout the pattern, so never leave a buried string buried. Always pick it up.
Fig. 28 illustrates how the herringbone would be started if the braider chooses to braid in solid color continuous string. Instructions for the herringbone interweave are in "The Art of Braiding, The Basics - Third Revised Ed."

 

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