Overhand Knot

Overhand Knot

Overhand Knot

This simple knot is the most commonly used one and finds application in diverse fields. According to The Ashley Book of Knots, it is the simplest of the single strand stopper knots.

How to Tie an Overhand Knot

How to Tie an Overhand Knot

How to Tie an Overhand Knot

Variant

Double overhand knot – Larger, more difficult to untie.

Advantages

Disadvantages

Secure Can jam badly
Permanent Reduces the strength of yarn
Can be tied tightly against an object or another knot Difficult to untie

Uses

  1. Prevents fraying and unraveling of rope or yarn ends.
  2. Effective stopper for hand sewing.
  3. Used as a safety knot by climbers.
  4. Helps to keep threads grouped while making a braid.
  5. Used as the beginning or part of other knots (e.g. overhand loop knot, fisherman’s knot, square knot).
  6. To make an arbor knot, that is used in fishing.
  7. For jewelry making such as bracelets.
  8. Making no-sew tied fleece blankets.

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