How to Tie a Really Long 2 Bight Turks Head
The other day I went into the woods and cut myself a Thumb Stick or Hiking Stick. I thought it would be good to cover the handle with a Two Bight Multi Lead Turks Head covering knot. The video below will go through the process of creating a good long Turks Head to use on a hiking staff.
Deciding How Many Bights Your Long Turks Head Should Be
When it comes to tying a long Turks Head, the simplest of them is the 2 bight variant. When it is used on say a hiking stick, it really does look smart. However, one problem with a Turks Head is, the larger the diameter of an object, the more bites you need on it to make it look really smart. If you use say a two bight Turks Head on an object that is quite wide in diameter, then the Turks Head looks rather stretched and in my eyes not as pleasing. If you just want to mess about with a very quick and easy Turks Head to practice with, then this video may on Tying a Very Simple Turks Head may be of interest to you.
Tying a Long Turks Head onto a Hiking Staff
In this video you will see how I used two different colours of paracord to create a long 2 bight Turks Head. Initially the Turks Head is tied loosely using the the blue paracord. Then once the Turks head has been completed, I then go back to the beginning and go follow the original cord round for a second time (two passes). Finally I then use the red coloured cord to split the two passes and create a third pass with the red cord.
Getting Your Turks Head Really Tight
Once you have created a loose Turks Head with the number of desired passes, you will then want to go round and get rid of all the slack. DO NOT be tempted to pull out all the slack by pulling as hard as you can. You really want to go round gently and pull out the excess. Yes, it does take time, but doing it this way will prevent your Turks Head from looking distorted. So, each time you go round, just pull it up a little tighter on each pass. Eventually, you will end up with a Turks Head that is almost as hard as rock against your staff. Finally, where your ends protrude from under the Turks Head, cut them flush and tuck under the wraps of the Turks Head weave. Finally, you may also want to cover it with the finishing solution.
How to Tie a Long 2 Bight Turks Head Video
In this video you will see step by step instructions on how to tie a long Two Bight Turks Head.
More Turks Head Knots
For more instruction on how to tie different Turks Heads, you can either search this site or visit @KnottingKnots on YouTube, where there is a playlist just on Tying Turks Heads.