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Hi Instructables Community,

I was thinking about a new episode for this week and since I'm very busy at the moment I decided to do another Quick Skills Instructable.

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Since I already had a number of requests for this knot I decided to give it a try. So far I was hesitant since I wasn't entirely sure how I could demonstrate the technique in a way that was easy to follow and replicate. I have therefore combined video, pictures and a GIF animation and hope that you will be able to do it yourself! Please let me know in the comments what you think!

This knot can become very handy when you have only one hand free to tie a secure knot around yourself. This might be a rope someone throws to you while you are holding on to something or someone with the other hand. There are a number of techniques for this knot and while they all have pros and cons I prefer this one as I feel it is easy to tie and still safe.

Cheers Alex

Step 1: Grab onto the rope...

Picture of Grab onto the rope...

...and pass it around your body one from left to your right side.

You should have approx. 50cm (20") of the working end in your right hand whilst the standing end should be running below your left armpit and away from you.

Jobar0073 years ago

This was the only way I knew to tie a bowline for years. My father taught it to me so when we hiked in the mountains, we could tie it one handed with either hand in case we fell into somewhere and broke an arm and had to be hoisted out.