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Square Knots - Meaning and Placement

Square Knots - Meaning and Placement


The square knot device is displayed on the uniform to denote that the
wearer has received the corresponding award. The award is usually in
the form of a certificate and many awards also include a medallion or
other momento.

A knot emblem does have left and right sides. The rope loop over the
rope ends always is to the wearer's right. The diagram here shows how
the knots would look to someone looking at the shirt. The knot images
on the rest of this page all show the correct knot direction.

The square knots are to be worn centered directly above the left shirt
pocket. The first knot should be placed with its bottom edge touching
the top seam of the pocket flap. The next two knots are placed on both
sides of the first knot in a straight row of three knots. Additional
knots are placed directly above the first row with bottom edge touching
top edge of the existing knots.

From the diagram, you can see that as additional knots are earned, single and
double knots on a row need to be resewn. For this reason, some people prefer
to place knots right-justified with the pocket edge.
Most common Boy Scout awards that have square knot patches associated
with them are listed here. For a list of discontinued and more rare
awards, see
this page.