Medicine Bottle #24; A Black Turk’s Head Knot Under A Spanish Ring Knot Cover The Bottle

Medicine bottle #24; a Spanish Ring knot and a Turk's Head knot cover it well.

Medicine bottle #24; a Spanish Ring knot and a Turk's Head knot cover it well.


The parade marches on; today’s post is Medicine Bottle #24, so we’re back to prescription bottles. I use a lot of hot sauce — the only thing I seem to have more bottles of is medicine. Because I tie so many knots that need an object to live on, it is only natural that I tie knots on them all.

Today’s knots are, from the top:

A Spanish Ring knot of 2 passes. These knots are very useful for filling in those narrow gaps on a knotting project. They also have a hold like a snapping turtle (Pit Bull to y’all city folks). They are hard to beat for permanent seizings on braids. This one also acts as the carrier for a Chinese Button knot, also known as the Sailor’s Knife Lanyard knot ABOK #787. They are structurally the same knot, but worked in different ways. I use the Chinese Button knot name because more people seem to know it better. I usually tie them like the Sailor’s Knife Lanyard method — it is the first way I learned, and is burnt deepest in my neurons.

The black knot that covers most of the bottle’s body is a Turk’s Head knot of 11 Leads X 10 Bights, doubled in paracord. This is another of my “standard” knots that I tie in hand, double, then place on its home and work down tight. When I say that I work it down tight, that is putting it mildly. I learned to tie all my knots tightly, because on a boat any knot that fails has the potential to create a great hazard. On a sunny day at dock it is no big deal if the Turk’s Head on the king spoke of the wheel goes adrift — other than your failings being on display to the others present. You would have a hard time telling them it was gremlins, and not an exhibition of lubberly work. The same thing happening on a dark night, in heavy weather, is another matter all together. It could cost life, limb, cargo, or vessel — or all of them. So yes, I tie my knots tightly, very tightly.

Thank you for coming by my site. I’ll try to keep the parade stepping lively, and playing a catchy tune. Come back and see what comes around the corner next:


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