How to Tie a Squareknot!

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One way to tie one of the most useful knots around.

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    J-FiveJ-Five

    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    If tied correctly the two loops should be able to pull the red and blue ropes apart. Otherwise you tied a granny knot.

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    rickwmikeobtuse

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    JParryrickw

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    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. 

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    Partatoes

    9 years ago on Introduction

    if you were going to do one about knots, you should have done the flying figure eight knot or the flying bowline

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    tw0nst3r

    9 years ago on Introduction

    "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

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    thepelton

    9 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    Marshmattyuke

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    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.

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    camb00

    9 years ago on Introduction

    Hold two ends of rope horizontal>>> Left over right and under right over left and under EASY WAY

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    matrix43547camb00

    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I wouldn't say easier... This way is more straightforward to people who haven't tied one before

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    Kozz

    9 years ago on Introduction

    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".

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    Kiteman

    9 years ago on Introduction

    ...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.