December 2011

Mastering marlinespike

Three-part crown knot

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.

Three Part Knot A

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.

Three part crown knot C

C. & D. Pull the other loop down and through the hole.

E. Gradually tighten the knot by pulling on the loops.

Continue building your marlinespike skills by taking the Knots, Bends and Hitches seminar. Find a seminar near you or purchase the USPS guide Knots, Bends and Hitches for Mariners. Call 888-367-8777 ext. 0 for more information.

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Mastering Marlinespike


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Sheet bend

Figure eight

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Reef knot

Blood knot

True lover’s knot

Monkey’s fist

Carrick bend

Angler’s loop

Strangle knot

Jar sling

Japanese success knot

Spanish bowline

Stevedore knot

Heaving line knot

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Sack knot

Short splice

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Slip knot

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Binder’s loop

Wall and crown knot

Inside cow hitch

Toggled reef knot

Long splice

Tugboat hitch

Crown sennit

Toggled lark’s head

Matthew Walker knot


Back splice


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