video How to Tie a Squareknot!
One way to tie one of the most useful knots around.
J-Five5 years ago
Right over Left Left over Right It's KNOT hard
MrLouque J-Five4 years ago
"KNOT hard"

*Long sigh*

I see what you did there
J-Five MrLouque4 years ago
i couldn't resist
J-Five J-Five3 years ago
If tied correctly the two loops should be able to pull the red and blue ropes apart. Otherwise you tied a granny knot.
J-Five J-Five2 years ago
it's a mnemonic that i learned years ago.
lol ^^^
J-Five MrLouque4 years ago
it also works left over right then right over left
mikeobtuse5 years ago
this is absolutely not one of the most useful knots. it is unreliable and has better alternatives
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.
JParry rickw4 years ago
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. 
Partatoes5 years ago
if you were going to do one about knots, you should have done the flying figure eight knot or the flying bowline
tw0nst3r5 years ago
"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
thepelton5 years ago
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.
mattyuke5 years ago
Its a reef knot
Marsh (author)  mattyuke5 years ago
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.
camb005 years ago
Hold two ends of rope horizontal>>> Left over right and under right over left and under EASY WAY
I wouldn't say easier... This way is more straightforward to people who haven't tied one before
Marsh (author) 5 years ago
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...
Kozz5 years ago
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".
Kiteman5 years ago
...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.