Single Loop Knots

Bowline

There are several variations on tying the bowline, two of which are presented here. I start with one method of tying that is simple to photograph and then demonstrate the one handed twist method, which is an easy and reliable way of forming the loop in the standing part, but a little harder to convey in pictures.

Step #1

Arrange the rope as shown, with a small loop in the standing part and the end going around the object the loop is to be tied around.

Bowline - Step 1

Step #2

Insert the end through the loop.

Bowline - Step 2


Step #3

Pull the end around and behind the standing part.

Bowline - Step 3


Step #4

Insert the end back through the loop.

Bowline - Step 4

Finished Bowline - Front View

Dress and set the knot.

Finished Bowline

Finished Bowline - Rear View

Dress and set the knot.

Finished Bowline

 

Twist

Bowline - One Handed Twist Method

This is a fast and reliable method for making the loop in the standing part. This method can also be used to tie a sheet bend. To use this method for a sheet bend, instead of twisting the end into a loop in its own standing part (as shown below), twist a loop very near the end of a second rope. Be sure that the end of the rope you have in your hand is pointing up and the end of the second rope (that you'll be twisting a loop into) is pointing down.

Bowline - One Handed Twist Method - Step #1

Grab the end of the rope and place it across the standing part. Place your thumb under the standing part.

Bowline One Handed Twist

Bowline - One Handed Twist Method - Step #2

Rotate your wrist clockwise, hooking the standing part with your thumb and bringing it around in a loop. Keep the end inside the big loop.

Bowline One Handed Twist

Bowline - One Handed Twist Method - Step #3

Continue rotating your wrist until the loop is formed in the standing part with the end threaded through it. Now you can just weave the end behind the standing part and back down through the loop, as described above (do this to complete the sheet bend, too).

Bowline One Handed Twist


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