Knot of the Week: Make your own Bottle Sling

by March 18, 2011 03/18/11

A bottle sling? What, you’ve never heard of a bottle sling before? We’ll admit we’ve seen them before but never give them much thought to include in the Knot of the Week until we tied one and realized how versatile of a knot it is!

From what we can tell, the bottle sling was first used by ancient greeks to not only carry jugs and bottles, but to also use as a surgical sling and as a traction device for dislocated joints.

Bottle Sling » Hitches

As mentioned, the bottle sling affords you the ability to carry any type of jug, bottle or jar by creating a hitch around the object and a carry handle. The carry handle can be made into a single loop as shown in the steps below, or for heavier items can be made into two carry handles to split the load between two people.

In the situation of carrying heavier loads, obviously the paracord we show being used would be replaced with a stronger rope such as natural fiber rope.  What makes this knot truly versatile though is its ability to be used in medical applications for traction or slings. Definitely a knot to remember!

(Strength: 5/Secure: 4/Stability: 3/Difficulty: 3)

Please refer to our Knot of the Week introduction post for a description of what these ratings mean.

Uses:

  • Carrying a jug, bottle or jar
  • Medical sling or traction on dislocated joints

Tying Instructions:

  • As written instructions for this knot get very detailed and can be hard to follow, we’ll defer to the photos and video below for instructions. Let us know if you have any questions regarding the steps.

Photos and Video


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John Beyerlein
John Beyerlein

I've been trying to learn how to tie the jug sling hitch for several days now from other sources. They were just confusing, but you nailed it. Thanks, John Beyerlein

Chad Lehmer
Chad Lehmer

This is one the scouts should learn, I will try to learn it so I can tie it without the directions, then pass it on to some of our older cub-scouts....when they cross over into boy-scouts they will have something cool to teach/show their troop....thanks for posting these directions!

James Ramsburg
James Ramsburg

This is awesome. I tied one with a small piece of cord (less than a foot) and hooked it to a D-ring so I can strap a water bottle to my bag. More secure holding the bottle then a noose.

btmims
btmims

lol i remember trying to rig something up like this when i was a kid... damn camelback has spoiled me...

Jeremy Jackson
Jeremy Jackson

Thats awesome...I will deffinately be using this one...

Eric S.
Eric S.

This is perfect timing since I'm back to carrying a gallon of water around everyday!

Human89
Human89

I don't know what I would do without you guys. Thanks so much!

Virius
Virius

Once you Pop the fun don't stop :D

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