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How to Tie a Square Knot

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Tying a square knot is as easy as right over left, left over right. Here’s how:

  • Hold an end of the rope in each hand.
  • Pass the right end over and under the rope in your left hand.
  • Pass the rope end now in your left hand over and under the one now in your right.
  • Tighten the knot by pulling both running ends at the same time.

The square knot has many uses, from securing bandages and packages to joining two ropes together. A square knot works best when pressed against something else and the ropes are of the same diameter. It should not be used to hold a heavy load.


15 Comments on How to Tie a Square Knot

  1. Joseph R. Biden // April 9, 2023 at 7:34 pm // Reply

    Thanks man. I needed to help my son do this for a scouting event, and this really helped

  2. Thank you very much.

  3. Beader in NM // December 17, 2020 at 4:19 am // Reply

    I have been struggling to learn this knot from other websites and online drawings to attach new threads for beading. Your description and graphic is the first clear and simple information I have found. Thank you!

  4. I totally get it // July 13, 2020 at 4:21 pm // Reply

    Thanks for this

  5. Not my real name // March 3, 2020 at 9:21 am // Reply

    Thank you very much for posting this

  6. As long as the road is right, you are not afraid of the road

  7. Needed it for Boy Scouts

  8. I use to be able to tie a square knot , but I had a stroke a few years ago and things are a bit hard, your video was very helpful

  9. Thanks

  10. Thanks. I am making jewelry.

  11. very useful knot and a good demonstration, thanks!

  12. oh yeah yeah // February 13, 2019 at 3:36 pm // Reply

    Oh yeah yeah

  13. This helped a lot thanks

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