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Picture of How to Tie a Bowline

Welcome to my channel How to Knot and in this video, I will be showing you how to tie a bowline. Typically this knot is used for climbing, camping, and sailing. This is an easy loop to tie, yet it’s extremely effective as it’s strong and stable. It was commonly used by sailers to attach rope to an object, for running rigging, or for hoisting. You can also finish this knot off with a stopper knot in order to prevent it from slipping which I’ll feature in a separate tutorial. This knot does not slip, maintains its structure without coming loose, does not jam, and can be easily untied. When working with a stiff rope, this loop can easily loosen was the knot cannot seat properly.

Be sure to check out the descriptive video at the end to help for further understand.

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Start by creating a loop.

Insert the working end through the loop.

Wrap the working end around the standing part of the rope and insert it back through the loop.

Then tighten.

This is a very useful knot - a loop that does not slip or tighten, but is easy to undo. It does not jam tight.

I was taught an easy way to remember making this knot:

Your main 'stading part' of the rope is a tree

Make a rabbit hole at the base (Your picture 1)

The free end of the rope is a rabbit.

The rabbit comes up through the hole (Your picture 2)

He goes around the tree (Your picture 3)

He goes back down the hole (Your picture 4)....

:-)