In this tutorial we will take a look at how to tie the herringbone knot.
The herringbone knot is a decorative, fancy knot that is used to decorate handles and other objects. It is particularly interesting when tied in two colors, which is done by tying a skeleton knot in one color, then adding an interweave of a different color.
A couple of images of the knot:
The knot is an interweave of two turk’s head knots of the same number of bights and parts, meaning that you would interweave a 5 lead, 4 bight turk’s head with another 5 lead, 4 bight turk’s head.
This would result in a 10 lead 8 bight herringbone knot.
Like the gaucho knot tutorial, this tutorial will be descriptive as well as presented via video, because I feel that photographs are not adequate to present the tying process.
Herringbone knot tutorial
Prepare a piece of paracord or rope. You will also need an object to wrap. I use a plastic pipe as a mandrel. The knot can then be slid of the mandrel onto the object you want to wrap or tied directly onto it. A lacing needle is recommended.
In this tutorial we will interweave a 5l4b turk’s head, so start by tying it.
- Take the working end from the right of the standing end and pass it to the left of it
- follow the standing end to the top of the knot (using the same sequence of under-over-under-over), then pass under it
- on the next bight to the left, go down under-over-under-over-under two (U1-O1-U1-O1-U2)
- on the next bight to the left go up using the same sequence as before of under-over-under-over-under two (U1-O1-U1-O1-U2)
- to go down again (always starting with the bight to the left), we change the sequence a bit, which is now under-over-under-over two-under two (U1-O1-U1-O2-U2)
- then up again, using the same sequence of under-over-under-over two-under two (U1-O1-U1-O2-U2)
- we again change the sequence going down to under-over-under two-over two-under two (U1-O1-U2-O2-U2)
- and up under-over-under two-over two-under two (U1-O1-U2-O2-U2)
- the last pass goes down in a sequence of under-over two-under two-over two-under two (U1-O2-U2-O2-U2)
This completes the herringbone knot.
Since a runlist may be hard to follow for many, use the video tutorial below!