Introduction: How to Tie a Squareknot!

One way to tie one of the most useful knots around.

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J-Five (author)2009-08-30

Right over Left Left over Right It's KNOT hard

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MrLouque (author)J-Five2011-01-18

"KNOT hard"

*Long sigh*

I see what you did there

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J-Five (author)MrLouque2011-01-26

i couldn't resist

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J-Five (author)J-Five2012-02-09

If tied correctly the two loops should be able to pull the red and blue ropes apart. Otherwise you tied a granny knot.

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J-Five (author)J-Five2012-05-12

it's a mnemonic that i learned years ago.

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lordofbling1 (author)MrLouque2011-06-05

lol ^^^

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J-Five (author)MrLouque2011-02-17

it also works left over right then right over left

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mikeobtuse (author)2009-08-28

this is absolutely not one of the most useful knots. it is unreliable and has better alternatives

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rickw (author)mikeobtuse2009-09-01

I agree. Not a great knot. A surgeon's knot is more secure and almost as quick to tie. Sheet bend or double sheet bend is better still.

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JParry (author)rickw2010-04-15

Surgeons knots are unbalanced though, you can get similar resuts "stacking" reef knots.

But anyways, not a fan of reef knots, if you want a fast, dirty and strong knot use a double overhand bend. 

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Partatoes (author)2009-09-09

if you were going to do one about knots, you should have done the flying figure eight knot or the flying bowline

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tw0nst3r (author)2009-09-01

"Top down Bottom up" -or- cross two lines wrap the top line down & around the bottom one cross ends again wrap the bottom line up and around the top one pull tight Just need these knots: square knot half-hitch bowline clove hitch Peace and knotty times

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thepelton (author)2009-08-31

You know you've done it right if both sides line up. If one side comes out about 10 degrees out of line with the other, you've made a Granny Knot.

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mattyuke (author)2009-08-30

Its a reef knot

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Marsh (author)mattyuke2009-08-30

It's Also Known As a reef knot. The original Square knot is an interweaving of two "S" shaped pieces of of cord and was generally considered decorative. A common use was a robe closure, back when people wore robes out in public and was tied for the wearer by a footman or hand maiden.

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camb00 (author)2009-08-28

Hold two ends of rope horizontal>>> Left over right and under right over left and under EASY WAY

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matrix43547 (author)camb002009-08-28

I wouldn't say easier... This way is more straightforward to people who haven't tied one before

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Marsh (author)2009-08-28

You guys wouldn't believe how hard that is to convey while showing it on video. Have a look at the outtakes reel on youtube...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LumW4PGtTxs

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Kozz (author)2009-08-28

I can tell Kiteman knows his knots. Indeed, starting with a bight could lead to a thief's knot if you're not paying attention. The way I learned was by tying a pair of overhand knots and reciting to myself "right over left, left over right".

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Kiteman (author)2009-08-28

...also known as a reef knot.

You don't need to start with a bight, but you do need to be careful to get both free end on the same side, otherwise it becomes a thief knot, which comes apart unexpectedly.

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