Tie a Bowline

Here are three ways to tie a bowline, the King of Knots.

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Diagram shows the first two of four basic steps used to tie a bowline. 1a) Rotate your wrists out, allowing a few inches of the short (working) end of the rope to extend on the right. 1b) Immediately bring your hands together with your right above the left, rotating your right wrist so that your right palm faces down again — the hitch will form itself.
ILLUSTRATION: BARRY ROSS