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Granny Knot

Granny Knot


It is a type of single Carrick bend that consists of a couple of half knots, one tied above the other. It is thought that the name originated from its use of tying the necks of sacks in granaries. Other names include booby, calf, lubbers and false knot. It is mentioned in The Ashley Book of Knots.

How to Tie a Granny Knot

How to Tie a Granny Knot


  1. The ends are almost perpendicular to the standing part.


  1. Carrick Bend – More secure.



  • Forms the basis of the surgeon’s knot that employs an additional twist in the first throw.
  • Not secure
  • Unbalanced
  • Becomes undone easily
  • May slip when loaded heavily
  • Prone to jamming on excessive tightening


  1. Surgery.
  2. In sutures.
  3. On bandages.
  4. Playing games.
  5. Tying ribbons and shoelaces.
  6. Teaching children the basics of knots.
  7. Secure a line or rope around an object.
  8. Making macramé bracelets, rope rings.
  9. To tie up parcels in five-and-ten-cent stores formerly.
  10. To loosely hold craft items in place temporarily before applying glue, staples, pins etc.
  11. Creates a great hairstyle. Allows you to tie your hair into a beautiful bun or just leave it as is.

Granny Knot Video Tutorial

How to Tie a Granny Knot Step by Step

  1. Overlap the red and blue ropes
  2. Pass the red rope through the blue loop
  3. Pass the blue rope through the red loop and tighten
  4. The red and blue ropes are now joined

Similar Knot

1. Square (reef) knot – Superior.

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