Frequently featured on demonstration boats for its beauty and complexity, this bowline variant is used in water rescues and to hoist objects in a horizontal position.
The two loops formed by this knot are connected, but a greater load on one loop may cause it to enlarge and the other loop to shrink. This could be useful, however, if two different-size loops are needed.
A. Create three initial loops, making the central loop much larger than the other two.
B. Fold the central loop over the side loops. Simultaneously pull the lateral edges of the large loop through the two small loops.
C. Hold these two loops and pull the working parts of the rope to form the knot.
D. The final knot after tightening.
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Original materials used with thanks to Irene Rodriguez and John Bennett