Butterfly Knot Made Simple

Introduction: Butterfly Knot Made Simple

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A butterfly knot is a fixed loop tied in the middle of a rope. It's the knot of choice to form a fixed loop when making a rope tackle (trucker's hitch).

There are a number of other knots that do the same thing, but the butterfly knot tends to work better because it doesn't jam when strained and it's easy to untie.

Click here for a additional information and a complete treatment of this useful knot.

Step 1: Where Will It Be Tied?

Determine where along the Standing Part you want the knot tied.

(For Rope Tackles, tie the Butterfly Knot near the Anchor Point, leaving enough room to apply strain to the line and reserving enough room to tie off the rope tackle.)

Step 2: Form Loop 1

Form a large overhand loop (Loop 1).

Step 3: Form Loop 2

Twist Loop 1 forming a second overhand loop (Loop 2).

Step 4: Working With Loop 2

Pass Loop 2 under both Loop 1 and the Standing Part. (Loop 2 is now the "running end.")

Click here for Knot Tying Terminology.

Step 5: Tying the Knot

Pass Loop 2 back over the Standing Part and down through Loop 1.

Step 6: Forming the Fixed Loop of the Butterfly Knot

Pull Loop 2 completely through Loop 1.

Step 7: Dress the Knot

Finish the butterfly knot by tightly pulling Loop 2 and both sides of the Standing Part.

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    9 years ago on Introduction

    Very helpful tutorial. Maybe the backdrop is a little obscuring, but I appreciate you posting this.

    Larry Green
    Larry Green

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    No doubt about it. The background is (more than) a little obscuring. Like camouflage! C'est la vie.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    ha! Nonetheless, a good and helpful post! Have a great day (and with your sense of humor, I'm sure that you will)