This knot, like many others, is known by a multitude of names. It has been called the “Double Coin Knot”, the “Carrick Bend”, the “Napoleon Knot”,  the “Josephine Knot”, as well as having the Korean Maedeup term of “Nalgae”.

I first became familiar with this knot whilst looking into Celtic Knotwork design where it was termed the Josephine knot. It was a knot traditionally favoured by sailors and was considered to be a lovers’ knot. It’s easy to see the symbolism here as this knot relies upon the intertwining of two links to form the one complete unit, or knot.