Counting Bights & Parts (Leads)

Knotty Basics

Counting Bights & Parts (Leads)

Counting bights is easy, but counting parts is something I struggled with until I stumbled across one simple explanation – I wish I could remember where. Since it’s helped me a lot and may help you, here’s how to count the bights & parts – aka leads – of a knot using a 5B 7P Turk’s Head as an example.

Counting Bights

Bights are the simplest to understand – I think of them as the turning points at the outer edge of a knot or interweave.

How to count the bights of a Turk's Head knot
How to count the bights of a Turk's Head knot

Counting Parts

aka Leads

To count parts, imagine cutting the knot vertically. Parts are the number of strands you need to cut. Brilliant, right?

How to count the parts of a Turk's Head knot
How to count the parts of a Turk's Head knot

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