The three-part crown knot forms two secure, nonadjustable loops. Although easy to make and decorative, it’s used infrequently because predetermining the size of the loops is difficult. The strain must be on both sides of the line, or the working part can be seized to the end after the loops are formed.
A. Form two loops by folding back the end of a bight. Hold the bight closed and move the bitter end and the working part together between the two initial loops and over one loop.
B. Fold that loop up and over the intersection.
C. & D. Pull the other loop down and through the hole.
E. Gradually tighten the knot by pulling on the loops.
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Original materials used with thanks to Irene Rodriguez and John Bennett