How to Tie a Square Knot Properly

The square knot, also known as the reef knot, is one of the oldest, most basic knots to tie, and can be used in many different ways. Here's the proper way to tie a square knot.


Up next in How to Tie Knots (17 videos)

Knowing how to tie a proper knot is a wonderful skill that always comes in handy. In this video series, you'll learn how to tie a square knot, a clove hitch knot, a fisherman's knot, a two half hitch knot, a noose knot, an overhand knot, a manharness knot, a hangman's noose knot, a cow hitch knot, a figure 8 knot, and much more.

You Will Need

  • Two pieces of rope or one rope with two free ends


  1. Step 1

    Hold each end

    Hold one end of a rope in your right hand and one end in your left to prepare to tie the knot.

  2. Step 2

    Loop right over left

    Loop the right end over the left end all the way around.

  3. Step 3

    Loop left over right

    Loop the left end, formerly the right end, over the right end all the way around.

  4. Step 4

    Pull on four strands

    Pull on all four strands at the same time that extend from the knot created. This should tighten the knot into place, resulting in a proper square knot.

  5. Rope-making technology used by Ancient Egyptians in 2500 B.C.E. is still practiced today.