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To the Editor:
—Being interested in knots, I attempted to tie this one according to the directions and discovered an error. If the first half of the knot is tied as directed and as shown in Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, I do not get the result as shown in Figure 5. Instead, hands A and B must be crossed to make this half of the knot lie down flat so that it will hold while the second half is tied. This is an awkward position for pulling up the first half which must be snug. This can be obviated by starting with ligature C in hand B and ligature D in hand A. This change will cause the first half of the knot to lie down flat while the second half when tied as given in the directions will come into place properly when the hands are crossed. This
Bailey WH. Knots. JAMA. 1911;LVI(24):1835. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560240065035