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Rope Knot Terms

There are specific terms or nomenclature to describe the parts of a knot while it is being tied. The common knot parts are illustrated and described below.

Rope Knot Terms

Rope Knot Terminology Tying Instructions

  • Bight: Any part of a rope between the ends. Bight also is used to refer to a curved section of a rope within a knot being tied.

  • Crossing Point: The place where ropes cross in the making of a loop.

  • Elbow: Two or more loops in close proximity to each other.

  • Loop: A bight becomes a loop when the two ropes cross. If the working end is crossed over the standing line, it is an overhand loop. It is an underhand loop if the working end runs under the standing part.

  • Working End: The active end being used to tie the knot.

  • Standing End: The end not being use in the tying of the knot. The rope part that is not being used is called the Standing Part.

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