A Turk’s Head, With A Pineapple Interweave, Being Worked Into A Torus Shaped Disk


A Pineapple knot being worked into a flat torus shaped disk.

A Pineapple knot being worked into a flat torus shaped disk.



The bones of this are a Turk’s Head knot of 9 Leads X 8 Bights. The Pineapple interweave brings the count up to 18 Leads X 16 Bights. The usual common divisor rule isn’t being violated, because this is no longer a Turk’s Head but an interweave. Also the interweave makes this a 2 strand knot — even if you divert one end of the first strand so that it becomes the 2nd strand.

This photograph was taken to show the process I use to turn these Turk’s Heads, and their variants, into the flat torus disk shapes. If you slowly and carefully work the knot, tightening up the original edges while allowing the center of the knot to remain loose, it ends up as a flat, doubly thick, torus. The shape in this photo, which reminds me of some Native American Indian baskets I have seen, is the major indicator that you are doing it correctly.

Just follow through with a method of working that tightens the edges without letting them shrink down to a closed, flat, even disk. You have to choose a size for the final desired openings, and work it to that end. The rest of the knot is then worked ’til it fits that shape. I then work them ’til they are so tight there is no slack or flex in their structure.

Because of the way I learned to make these, they are as hard as wood when done. If you tap them on a table it sounds like a wood-on-wood impact, with just a little softening of the attack speed on initial contact.

They make great knots to use, where shape holding and stiffness are assets. Some of these knots I made over 10 years ago, and which have performed tasks on a daily basis, show little evidence of their age. They show some soiling, but it is rare to find one which is deformed or coming untucked at the ends.

Today they would have an added virtue; having no metal in them, they would pass airport scans for metal. They may still wonder what they are, but it wouldn’t be an automatic gig. It says something about our brave new world where we all become cattle in airport boarding ramps, because they can’t figure out a way to stop some few people who act like they have mad cow disease. Added to this futility, is the utter ease that other targets could be attacked with; but those are not toughened because they haven’t been hit yet. I  suppose this is the bandage and iodine method of terrorist control. Just hope that you don’t become the symptom — that shows them where to put the next bandage.

The final knots make excellent:
key fobs
light pulls
lanyard knots
belt buckles, 2 ring type
parts for hat bands
drawer pulls
gathering loops for bag legs
fenders for tiny elf boats.

I appreciate your visit to my site. If you can think of any way to improve either my site or my knots, sing out. There are few times in today’s world where we can have any real input — this is one of them. Come back to the parade of knots; wave if you see me:

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