A Black Turk’s Head Hat Band For A Dressier Look

A Dressier Black Turk's Head Hat Band

A Dressier Black Turk's Head Hat Band

My third post was of an 8 strand braid with doubled strands used as a hat band. It made for a bold graphic look, and was well received. The only problem was, it was too bold and too casual for some occasions. I needed a more subdued and slightly dressier hat band. This is what came of that need. It is a 3 Lead X 26 Bight Turk’s Head knot. The ends are hidden under the knot as usual. Some of the folks who have seen this hat band are a little confused by this. They think it is a normal three part braid like they’ve seen their whole lives. It is amusing to watch them keep turning the hat round, and round, and round, looking for the ends they can never find.

I could use some advise. This hat band serves its function well, but it is too casual for some events. How can I make a knotted / plaited hat band that is dressy enough to wear at the high-toned events I go to on the odd occasion? It would have to be black or nearly match the color of the hat. But what knot or braid would be sedate and dressy enough? Let me know your ideas via comments. It would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you for coming by:

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  1. Dear Sir-
    we have this same pattern on the hat as common made by horsehair hitching in Bavaria in “der Wald”- the deep dark Forests of Bavaria. But it is also shared to Austria and Switzerland- when people moved with no attention to later national boundaries.
    I have seen this as horsehair braqided cording, then tied in turks head, as well as silk “guipure” string- which some people even in Germany mislabel as “spitzen”.
    Guipure should be available from a large textile outlet. AS it is silk- it looks very fancy.

    • Oberst :

      I greatly appreciate your taking the time to post a comment. It is difficult to learn about the uses of knots in other parts of the U.S.A. – and nearly impossible to learn such information about knots in other countries. Thank you.

      I strongly suspected that somewhere and at some time this knot and its kin would have been used to dress up a hat. I had no proof, but over the years I have learned that no matter how original I think something I have done might be, it has usually been done before. The more useful and better looking my solution is, the greater the chance this is true.

      Thank you again for your comment. Come by again; I’ll try to make it worth your while.


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