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How to tie a square knot

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Tying a square knot is as easy as right over left, left over right. Here’s how:

  • Hold an end of the rope in each hand.
  • Pass the right end over and under the rope in your left hand.
  • Pass the rope end now in your left hand over and under the one now in your right.
  • Tighten the knot by pulling both running ends at the same time.

The square knot has many uses, from securing bandages and packages to joining two ropes together. A square knot works best when pressed against something else and the ropes are of the same diameter. It should not be used to hold a heavy load.

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