Special knots

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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.


Contents
Sheep Shank
Bowline on a Bight
Braiding
Carrick Bend
Cow Hitch
Double Sheet Bend
Double Bowline
Figure Eight Loop

Sheep Shank

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Sheep Shank
Animation of how to tie a Sheep Shank
Animation of how to tie a Sheep Shank

The Sheep Shank (or sheepshank) is used to shorten a rope that is fastened at both ends.

Instructions

Make an underhand loop and slide it over the blight. Do the same to the other end and pull tight. The sheepshank is a temporary knot but can be made more permanent by adding a second half hitch to each end.

The Sheep Shank is one of the Forty knots.

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Bowline on a Bight

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Bowline on a Bight
Animation of how to tie a Bowline on a Bight
Animation of how to tie a Bowline on a Bight

The bowline on a bight is a rescue knot with two loops to support a person.

Instructions

Start the bowline on a bight by tying a bowline using a loop (bight) instead of a single rope. Make the overhand loop as normal and bring the bight through and around the entire knot and tighten securely before putting weight on it.

The Bowline on a Bight is one of the Forty knots.

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Braiding

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Braiding
Animation of how to Braid
Animation of how to Braid
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Carrick Bend

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Carrick Bend
Animation of how to tie a Carrick Bend
Animation of how to tie a Carrick Bend

Note: The Carrick Bend is also known as the Double Carrick Bend.

The Carrick bend is a knot used for joining two lines. It is particularly appropriate for very heavy rope or cable that is too large and stiff to easily be formed into other common bends. It will not jam even after carrying a significant load or being soaked with water. The Carrick bend's aesthetically pleasing interwoven and symmetrical shape has also made it popular for decorative purposes.

The Double Carrick Bend is one of the Forty knots.

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Cow Hitch

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Cow Hitch
Animation of how to tie a Cow Hitch
Animation of how to tie a Cow Hitch
Another way to tie a Cow Hitch
Another way to tie a Cow Hitch

The Cow Hitch is also known as the Lark's Head or Girth Hitch. The Cow Hitch is one of the least secure of the hitches.

The Cow Hitch hitches a rope to a metal ring, pole, or another rope. It is also used in Horsemanship for typing a leather strap to a ring or hitching post. In Small-Boat Sailing, the Cow Hitch is used to secure a lanyard to a shroud or jib sheet to a clew, etc.

Instructions

The Cow Hitch is like Two half-hitches with the second hitch reversed.

Pass the end of the rope around a ring, post, pole, tree, etc. Bring the end over and under the body of the rope (known as the standing part),then back through the loop thus formed. That makes a half hitch. Take the end around the standing part a second time and tie another half hitch but with the two half hitches facing each other. Pull it snug.

The Cow Hitch (Lark's Head) is one of the Forty knots.

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Double Sheet Bend

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Double Sheet Bend
Animation of how to tie a Double Sheet Bend
Animation of how to tie a Double Sheet Bend

The Double Sheet bend is like a Sheet Bend with an extra wrap. The double sheet bend is stronger than a Square Knot or even a Sheet Bend. It is a good choice for tying two ropes together in wet conditions or with a moving load.

Instructions

Make a loop in one end. The rabbit goes out of the hole, around the tree and back under his path and then back under his path once more.

The Double Sheet Bend is one of the Forty knots.

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Double Bowline

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Double Bowline
Animation of how to tie a Double Bowline
Animation of how to tie a Double Bowline
Instructions

The Double Bowline is like a Bowline that wraps around you a second time. Make a loop (top to you). The rabbit goes out of the hole, goes around you a second time, then back out of the hole a second time, around the tree, and back into the hole.

The Double Bowline is one of the Forty knots.

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Figure Eight Loop

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Figure Eight Loop
Animation of how to tie a Figure Eight Loop
Animation of how to tie a Figure Eight Loop

The Figure Eight Loop is also known as a Flemish Loop and is functionally the same as a Figure Eight Follow Through. Figure Eight Loop is like a Figure Eight but tied using a loop (bight) instead of a single rope.

Instructions

Figure Eight Loop Using a loop (or bight) instead of a single rope, loop over the top. Loop under. Go down through the hole. Pull tight.

Figure Eight Follow Through: Tie a Figure Eight as you normally would by loop over the top. Loop under. Go down through the hole. Instead of pulling tight, loop back into the knot retracing the path of the Figure Eight. Pull tight.

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