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How to Tie a Slipped Overhand Knot

This knot is perfect for securing a line to a bar or post.

November 19, 2013

By Colin Jarman

With more than 60 how-to instructions for knots, bends, and hitches, The Knot Tying Bible (Firefly Books, 2013) is the perfect reference for when you need to get the job done. Author Colin Jarman has over 40 years of experience as a professional sailing writer and photographer. The excerpt is taken from “Agricultural Knots.”

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Many people find this an almost instinctive way to form a loop that tightens under load — a slip knot. It’s clearly based on the Overhand Knot and is an easy way to attach a line to a post or bar. To undo the knot, pull the sliding part back using the short end.

Slipped Overhand Knot

1. Form a crossed loop in the line so that the left part lies over the right.
2. Pass a bight of line from the left-hand part up through the loop.
3. Push more line up through the loop to increase the size of the bight. How to Tie a Neck Halter Knot
4. The bight now becomes a sliding loop and can be adjusted to the required size, while the Overhead Knot formed in the working end needs to be pulled tight to finish the knot.
Knots in Action: The completed Slipped Overhand Knot ready for the loop to be dropped over a post or other fixed object, before the knot is slid up.

Read more from The Knot Tying Bible

How to Tie a Neck Halter Knot
How to Tie a Transom Knot


Reprinted with permission from The Knot Tying Bible: Climbing, Camping, Sailing, Fishing, Everyday by Colin Jarman and published by Firefly Books, 2013. Buy this book from our store: The Knot Tying Bible.





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