- Step 1: Grab ends Grab a hold of both ends of the rope. The end in your left hand is end B, and the end in your right hand is end A.
- Step 2: Cross ends Cross end B in front of end A so that the end B is behind the loop and pointing down.
- Step 3: Pull end B through loop Pull end B up through the loop and to the left, thus creating a small loop on top of the larger loop below.
- Step 4: Pull end B through small loop Pull end B through the small loop from back to front with your right hand.
- Step 5: Tighten knot Tighten the knot by pulling end B with your right hand, while holding the part of the large loop next to end A in your left hand. You should now have a knot on the top of your large loop, and end A should be able to slide back and forth to make the loop larger or smaller.
- Step 6: Pull end A through large loop Pull end A through the large loop from behind, pull it up, thus creating another small loop on top of the larger loop below.
- Step 7: Pull end A through small loop Pull end A through the small loop from back to front, and pull tightly with your left hand.
- FACT: A knot also means "1 nautical mile per hour" — sailors used to throw knotted lines overboard and count how many knots fed out per 30 seconds to measure the speed of their vessels.
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