How to Make a Turk's Head Knot Bracelet

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A Turk's head knot is a knot composed of a closed loop made of a braid of twine or rope. A Turk's head knot bracelet is woven around a cylinder, such as a tin can or PVC pipe collar and the ends are tied off and tucked into the braid. Turk's head knot bracelets are also called sailor bracelets.You can make your own Turk's head knot with twine or nylon rope to wear yourself or give one away to a friend.

Things You'll Need

  • 3-1/2 yards twine
  • Measuring tape
  • Clean 14-ounce tin can
  • Set the tin can down on its side. Measure 4 inches in from one end of the twine and hold the 4-inch point against the side of the can with your thumb. Use your other hand to wrap the twine around the can, crossing it over the tail to form an X shape.

  • Wrap the twine around the can once more and insert the long end of the twine under the top right arm of the X. Pull the end all the way through.

  • Slide the upper left arm of the X over the right arm of the X to make an elongated oval with two wrapped parts of the twine. Insert the working end of the twine into the oval and pull it through.

  • Rotate the tin can to find the X shape of twine on the other side. Insert the end of the twine under the right top arm of the X shape and pull it through. Slide the upper left arm of the X shape over the right arm of the X shape to make an elongated oval. Insert the end of the twine into the oval and pull it through.

  • Rotate the can, find the next X shape and do the same as before. Keep rotating and making ovals and inserting the twine until you have made a complete rotation around the can and have returned to your starting point. There should now be a braid of twine around the can that consists of three strands. Continue looking for X shapes, making ovals with the X shapes and inserting the end into them and pulling it through to make a four-strand braid around the circumference of the can. Weave the end of the twine around the can in a total of six passes so that each section of the braid has three stands to it.

  • Discard the can. Tie the ends of the twine together in a knot and tuck them in between the woven strands to hide them inside the bracelet.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use a 20-ounce can to make a larger bracelet.

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