How to Tie an Overhand Knot

You've tied this one a million times and never even known it—or at least its official name. It's just your know...knot.


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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

  • A single length of rope


  1. Step 1

    Make "Q" shape

    Cross the end of the rope over the top of the remaining rope, making a "Q" shape.

  2. Step 2

    Tuck end through loop

    Tuck the end of the rope, or the tail of the "Q," up through the loop from behind.

  3. Step 3


    Pull the rope at both ends to tighten.

  4. The easiest stopper knot to tie, the Overhand is used to keep a rope from slipping out of a hole through which it has been threaded.