Introduction: How to Tie the Most Useful Knot in the World (Bowline) [HD Video Tutorial]

This is a short video to help those who have seen many of my past videos where I use a bowline knot. This is the most useful knot you will ever learn. It will not slip when in use, and comes undone easily even after being tightened under thousands of pounds.

Throughout history the bowline has been the workhorse knot of all seafaring nations. There are several variations, the one shown being the simplest and most common.


BARKing (author)2013-12-18

Finally someone that really knows how to tie a bowline. Not a rabbit in sight, they are much too unpredictable.

tblackburn1 (author)2013-11-13

Awesome as cheers

kentdvm (author)2012-02-11

Thank you. I can never get it right the first time. Your finger trick is simple & perfect.

rbingham (author)2011-12-18

Man, that finger trick is SWEET! Every time I need this knot (like attaching the jib sheets on my sailboat) I have to think it through, & inevitably I screw it up a couple of times before I get it. Thanks!

vkunchev (author)2011-09-04

Great tip! Thanks a lot!

Eric Sullivan (author)2011-09-01

I like the finger trick. I sometimes get the loop around the wrong way and have to start again.

This is how I learned to tie the knot:

Up the rabbit hole. Aaround the tree. Back down the rabbit hole.

juanjosky (author)2011-08-31

Not recomended for climbing.... use only the 8 knot!

Sol501 (author)2011-08-29

i have a use for this thank you!

mdg137 (author)2011-08-27

been using that knot for 30+ years and never seen the finger method. thanks

_Scratch_ (author)2011-08-27

Great knot, since I usually just use a dozen or so square knots together, this seems a lot faster.

aprilsflower1958 (author)2011-08-23


I guess you roped me into that tangle of a pun.

Tee hee ::o)

slysimon (author)2011-08-26

Been using this knot for years but never seen the two finger trick. What a great tip.
Thank you.

skiedra (author)2011-08-25

Good job, NightHawk. Any more knot instructables coming up?

NightHawkInLight (author)skiedra2011-08-25

Thank you. I do have another knot video planned, but I'm really not sure when I'll get to it. A lot of other projects in the works and time's short.

CaseyCase (author)2011-08-22

The most useful knot in my world is the trucker's hitch followed closely by the constrictor knot. The packer's knot is in third.

Very nice. Second for me would likely be the taught rope knot.

zazenergy (author)2011-08-23

Excellent instructional video! Thanks for sharing!

Thank you very much!

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