# Part 4 of my knot series: The Sheet Bend

This knot joins two ropes of unequal size, but, can join two ropes of the same size just as well.
It has to be tied with both ends loose, And can't be under any load.
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## Step 1: Starting

Take one of the ends on each rope, and position it like the picture. Then make a loop with the right side.

## Step 2: Goin' through the loop

Take the right end through the loop, the bring it farther over and down under the two ropes.
Banthablaster2 years ago
What does that mean, "...And can't be under any load?"

surely the knot can bear weight.
2 years ago
I read that line to mean that the lines cannot be under load while the knot is being tied.
ThatKnottyguy (author)  PlayaSinNombre2 years ago
Ahh yes. Sorry for not getting back to you Banthablaster
That is what I totally meant. Will be edited! Thanks!
static2 years ago
For this knot using lines of different colors. and sises would be better for illustrative purposes. I generally go to animated knots to refresh my memory.
veeguy2 years ago
Great, well illustrated instructable. Wish more were written this clearly. One thing, is there a specific use for this knot, or does it have any special properties? ie.- "A square knot won't slip" or "a hangmans knot is used for hanging people" etc.
2 years ago
The best reason to use this knot is for joining ropes of two different diameters. I use it when I want to hang a large rope over a tree limb: first I take a small diameter rope and tie a rock to the end of it, and then throw the rock up in the air, and hopefully over the end of the tree limb (usually this takes several attempts). Once I've succeeded at this, I then use a sheet bend to tie the large rope to the end of the small rope so that I can use the small rope to pull the large rope over the limb.

Another time that I use a sheet bend is when I'm doing "double mooring" with my sailboat, which means that the boat is tied up to two mooring balls -- one at the bow and the other at the stern, and then the ropes are pulled in tight to keep the boat aligned between the two mooring balls. The reason that the sheet bend is needed is because inevitably the distance between the two mooring balls is much longer than the length of my standard (large diameter) dock lines, so I use a long piece of smaller diameter rope to extend the length of one of my dock lines so that it can reach the other mooring ball.

One comment that I've got about this instructable is that you don't demonstrate how to actually use this knot on different diameter ropes. It is important to understand that the large diameter rope must be the one that forms the "U" shape, and the small diameter rope must be the one that forms the "6" shape.

Whenever I tie a sheet bend, I just think of it as if I'm tying a bowline using the standard "rabbit-hole-tree" mnemonic. I make the hole/tree using the small rope, and then instead of using the working end of the small rope as the rabbit, I use the big rope for that.
2 years ago
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheet_bend
gtoal2 years ago
Can you show us the knot that Roy Rogers used to tie Trigger to a post outside a bar... it could be pulled from the end connected to the horse without unravelling but he trained the horse to pull the loose end and the knot would untie itself, letting the horse come to Roy when he called for it! Always loved that bit.
2 years ago
I think what you are remembering is called a slippery hitch. Take a round turn around the hitch rail and then tuck a bight of the free end over the round turn and under the standing part where it is in contact with the rail. Yank on the free end and it will pull the bight out from under and all you have left is the round turn which will pull right off.
2 years ago
That knot is a clove hitch. It's used to tie something to a bar or branch. Very easy to tie and untie.

Bob
2 years ago
Yes, "Trigger" could UNTIE the knot
but could "Gabbie Hayes" tie the knot as well as Roy Rogers ???
2 years ago
I believe that would be called the highwayman hitch, search it up tell me if I'm wrong
2 years ago
Yes... It is also used to tie airplanes down. After weeks in cold weather the knot may become frozen solid and a regular knot would not be able to be released. Just give the end a yank and it comes undone.
ThatKnottyguy (author)  clax12272 years ago
I will be doing an instructable just for that! The highway mans hitch will be up soon
axiesdad2 years ago
I love what you are doing with the whole series starting with the very simplest knots. Have you seen this one: http://www.instructables.com/id/Another-Tautline-hitch/

It doesn't seem to be in Ashley.
Kinnishian2 years ago
probably my second favorite knot (after the bowline). Though, actually, I find it weird myself that I have favorite knots.

It's great for connecting lines of *different diameter*, or even material. Most knots can't handle different diameter so well. If it's too extreme of a difference, though, you'll have to add a second friction loop (meaning, on your last photo, the top part goes again under the other line), or even a third loop. But that's ok; no harm.

I remembered it as the "sheep bend." Glad to know it's actually called sheet.
ron110n2 years ago
Thanks for sharing. I can use this Sheet Bend knot to tie the tail-piece of my Cello using Kevlar gut for more harmonics to string and bridge instead of steel cable.
ka1dza2 years ago
Decorative knots are fun too. The "Deck Apes" used them around the quarterdeck on the ship to make things look "squared away."

I used to try to teach my Boy Scouts the Turk's Head and Dragin' Bowline but they could never catch on to the Dragin' Bowline. LOL!

Bob