Granny knot

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Animated Knots show you how to tie Basic Knots, Fishing Knots, Sailing Knots, Climbing Knots, Forty Knots,
Special Knots, and Advanced Knots, for Wolf, Bear, Webelos, Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class.

Granny knot
Image:Granny knot.gif
Names Granny knot,
Typical use To show what not to do.
Caveat Should not be used as a bend. Inferior to reef knot for binding purposes, it can release suddenly and unpredictably.
Releasing Often jams
Category Binding knots
Group Basic knots
Related Square knot, Thief knot, Grief knot
Animation of tying a Granny knot
Animation of tying a Granny knot
When your shoes keep coming untied, it is because you are tying Granny knots instead of Square knots. The Granny knot is given to show what not to do. The Granny knot will come untied almost immediately and is not used for any Boy Scout application.

Required for

  1. Right over left, right over left, makes a knot ugly and WRONG.

Lesson Videos

  • Remember: "Right over left, left over right, makes a knot tidy, and tight."
  • The Square knot comes untied easily and is not as strong as a Sheet bend.
  • The Granny knot is one of the Forty Knots.

See also
Knots by Use
Basic knots Overhand knot · Square knot · Granny knot · Two half-hitches · Taut-line hitch · Bowline · Sheet bend · Slip knot · Clove hitch · Timber hitch
Advanced knots Constrictor knot · Monkey's fist · Ocean plait · Trucker's hitch · Turk's head
Special knots Braiding · Carrick bend · Chain sinnet · Cow hitch · Double sheet bend · Sheep shank
Fishing knots Arbor backing knot · Barrel knot · Blood knot · Blood loop · Clinch knot · Fisherman's knot · Improved clinch knot · Nail knot · Needle knot · Palomar knot · Surgeon's loop · Turle knot
Sailing knots Bowline on a Bight · Cleat Hitch · Double Bowline · Figure Eight · Marline Hitch · Midshipman's Hitch · Rolling Hitch · Stevedores Knot
Climbing knots Alpine Butterfly knot · Double fisherman's knot (Grapevine) · Figure eight follow-through · Figure eight on a bight · Figure eight on bend · Figure eight knot · Prusik knot · Safety knot · Water knot
Forty knots

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