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Overhand Knot

Overhand Knot. How to tie an Overhand Knot. The OVERHAND KNOT is a foundation knot (forming the basis of other knots) and is probably the easiest and first knot most people learn to tie. When tied by itself at the end of a rope, cord, or even sewing thread, it makes a simple stopper knot, or it can prevent the end from unraveling. When tied with two ends of one rope or cord around an object, such as when tying up parcels or tying shoelaces together, it is called the Half Knot. When it is tied with one end of a rope passed around an object and then secured to its own standing part, it is called a Half Hitch. Three different names for what is fundamentally the same knot but used in different applications.

See animated Overhand Knot below the step by step tying instructions.

Overhand Knot Tying Instructions

  • Form a loop and pass the working end of the rope through it.
  • Tighten to form the Overhand Knot.


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