The slip knot forms an adjustable loop or noose at the end or middle of a rope. You can place the loop around a support and then tighten the knot by sliding it. This makes it simple attaching a line to a bar or post. There are various ways of tying this knot, but the version of the slip knot shown in the picture below is very quick and easy. It utilizes the same principle applied in tying a uni knot albeit with less number of turns around the double line.
Other ways include tying it like a slipped overhand knot. It can be released easily by pulling either the standing or the working end depending on the method adopted for making it. Load the end that doesn’t undo the knot.
Note: Many knots have their slipped versions that utilize a bight of rope as the working end instead of a single tag end. These versions have no connection with the slip knot itself.
How to Tie a Slip Knot
- You can make it with just a single wrap as shown in the below video.
- It can be tied in paracord, leather cord, string and yarn too.
- As a starting point for knitting (casting on) and crochet.
- Making bracelets (like friendship bracelets, macramé and hemp bracelets, etc.), necklaces, jewelry closures, yoyos.
- By boy scouts and in rock climbing.
- Securing horses and other animals to poles.
- For sutures in surgical procedures.
- Securing restraints and loads on trailers.
- Tying plastic bags, ribbons, rope tree swings, slings for carrying babies, rubber bands, etc.
How to Make a Slip Knot: Video Tutorial
This video shows you another common method of tying the knot.
How to Tie a Slip Knot Step by Step
- Take a bight of rope
- Wrap the tag end around the bight
- Wrap it once more
- Hold the loop and pull the end to tighten
- The knot is completed