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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.


  • 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.
  • Step 2: Loop right over left Loop the right end over the left end all the way around.
  • Step 3: Loop left over right Loop the left end, formerly the right end, over the right end all the way around.
  • 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.
  • FACT: Rope-making technology used by Ancient Egyptians in 2500 B.C.E. is still practiced today.

You Will Need

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

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