Part 2 of My Knot Series: the Square Knot

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Introduction: Part 2 of My Knot Series: the Square Knot

About: I LOVE knots. As well as other things. I post random 'Ibles not even related to knots. Sorry if there's a delay of when I post my instructables.

The Square knot. Basically two overhands but with a twist. (Get It?)
NOT to be used to Hold critical loads, like a person.
I finally found my paracord!
Also called a reef knot.

Step 1: Materials

- Rope, or Paracord 550 as I have
- Hands

Step 2: First Things First

First your going to want to do an Overhand knot .  Don't tighten though. But, remember Right rope over left then under and up.

Step 3: And Again

Now, overhand knot again, Left Over right. Bring under, then back up.

Step 4: Tighten and Done.

Now, tighten up the knot and your done!
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    Strictly a reef knot is a quick release version of the square knot. (Used so reefs in the sail can be let out). Instead of pulling both ends back through the knot, only a bight is pulled through on one side, leaving a standing end that can be pulled to release the knot. Similar to half a shoelace bow.

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    Ah yes: I've always called a square knot a reef knot also, but I can see your point, timlh - a bight would definitely make it easier to shake out a reef. Your definition of a reef knot is how we tie our dressing gowns!

    I grew up on the fact that it was a square knot. Thanks for the info. though! I will edit that in!