- Make three turns round the hand.
- Start making turns passing outside the middle of the first three turns.
- Complete the three second turns.
- Make three more turns passing inside the first set of turns and outside the second set.
- Tighten up the knot round a soft core, e.g. a ball of ropeyarn. Splice or whip the end to the standing part
- Avoid the temptation to weight the core with a hard, heavy object. This can convert a useful knot
into a potentially lethal missile. Any self-respecting wharfie will take out his knife and cut off
any such knot.
- The British Admiralty Manual of Seamanship illustrates a slightly different method
whereby the working end comes out alongside the standing part