How does your bowline tie? in Scouting Around the World Posted December 22, 2016 At a meeting of the Den my son is Den Chief for, the Den Leader asked him is he knew how to tie a sheepshank. He promptly said "of course" and tied a sheet bend. There is an ongoing issue about whether a bowline is pronounced "bo lynne" "bo line" or "bow line." A knot by anyother name is tied as sweetly.