Square knot
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This article is about the Square knot used to secure a rope or line around an object. Adult leader awards are also called "Square knots." |
Forty Knots, Special Knots, and Advanced Knots, for Cub Scouts (Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts),
Scouts (Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks and numerous merit badges),
Venturers (Ranger Award), and Sea Scouts (Apprentice, Ordinary, Able, and Quartermaster ranks).
Square knot | |
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Names | Square knot, Reef knot |
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Typical use | Joining two ends of a single line to bind around an object. |
Caveat | Not secure as a bend. Spills easily if one of the free ends is pulled outward. Does not hold well if the two lines are not the same thickness. |
Releasing | Jamming |
Category | Binding knots |
Group | Basic knots |
Related | Thief knot, Granny knot, Grief knot, Surgeon's knot |
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— Boy Scout Handbook p. 8 |
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— The Ashley Book of Knots # 1402, p 258 |
- Required for
- Wolf Electives 17a. Learn to tie an overhand knot and a square knot.
- Bear 22b. Tie a square knot, bowline, sheet bend, two half-hitches, and slip knot. Tell how each knot is used.
- Webelos Outdoorsman #11. ...Show how to tie a square knot and explain how it is used.
- Webelos Arrow of Light #2 Tie the joining knot (square knot).
- Scout rank #6: Demonstrate tying the square knot (a joining knot).
- Small-Boat Sailing #7a: Square (Reef) knot - Clove hitch - Two half-hitches - Bowline - Cleat hitch - Figure Eight
- Sea Scout Apprentice #5. Square knot - Bowline - Clove hitch - Sheet bend - Two half-hitches - Figure Eight - Cleat hitch
- Instructions
- Hold one rope end in each hand.
- Pass the right end over and under the rope in your left hand and pull it snug.
- Pass the rope now in your left hand over and under the one now in your right, and pull it snug.
- Lesson Videos
- Grog's Animated Knots: Reef (Square) - Video: About the Square Knot - Video: Square Knots - Video: Different Ways to Tie Square Knots - Video: Square Knots - Wonder How To Video: Square Knot - Wonder How To Video: Square Knots
- Notes
- 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 Overhand knot is one of the Forty Knots.
- See also