DIY

How to Tie a Slipped Overhand Knot

Tie this slipped overhand knot in five easy steps. This knot is perfect for securing a line to a bar or post.

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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.”


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.

person forming a crossed loop with a white rope

2. Pass a bight of line from the left-hand part up through the loop.

person pulling the end of a rope through a loop

3. Push more line up through the loop to increase the size of the bight.

person pulling a loop through a looped circle of white rope

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.

person pulling a knotted rope taut with a loop on one end

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.

person holding a rope knotted in a slipped overhand knot

Read more from The Knot Tying Bible

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


book cover with ropes tied in to knots on it

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