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I love interweaves but I can’t do them from sight or memory yet – I absolutely need a reference image and run list.  Here’s how to use Advanced Grid Maker to create instructions for the gaucho fan and herringbone knots.

I love Advanced Grid Maker and am the first to admit it’s not pretty or intuitive – it’s one of those tools that needs explaining. If you’ve ever wanted to use AGM but felt lost, here’s an introduction to creating run lists for Turk’s Head knots.

I’ve been tying knots for 5 years and can only do a few from my head. Video and image tutorials are great, but I find run lists to be the most helpful. Here’s how to use Advanced Grid Maker to create run lists for pineapple knots. Fair warning: it isn’t hard, but it isn’t straight-forward either.

A few years ago, John Allwine – creator of Advanced Grid Maker – was generous enough to help me learn about the pineapple interweave. Before you can use a tool like AGM, you need to decide how many strands or colors the knot will have and the ‘type’ of pineapple you want to tie. Here’s a quick reference for 2, 3, and 4 strand pineapple types.

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.

I love knots because they’re technical & creative. At the heart of every knot is math – something I’m still learning. Because the Turk’s Head is the base for so many other knots, it helps to know the math. It’s pretty simple and once you see it visually, it’s easy to remember.