This is the first cool knot I’m going to cover in this forum. So far, I’ve discussed the basic Overhand Knot, the Overhand Knot with Drawloop and the Two Strand Overhand Knot. Each of these previous three you can almost tie by accident (and probably have). This one though, requires and extra step that gives the knot much more character.
What this knot is is a glorified version of the Overhand Knot. For that one, you take the working end of the rope and place it over the standing end to form a loop. From there, you snake the working end through the loop and pull. That’s it. It creates the most basic stopper knot available. Even those who never joined the Scouts could figure that one out.
Today, I’m going to go one step further. Instead of snaking the working end through the loop just once and pulling, I’m going to snake it through once and then again. Then, I’ll pull both ends of the rope to create a stopper knot that’s about twice as large as the previous one. If you’re into stopper knots, I think you’ll like this one.
Also, this knot is the basis for others in its class. It helps create the Double Fisherman’s Knot, the Poacher’s Knot (Double Overhand Noose). I’ll cover these additional knots in subsequent posts.
Okay, let’s get going. The first thing you want to do is to lay the end of your rope out on a table. Or on a nice white board like I did.
Then, take the working end and place it over the standing end to create a loop.
Now, just like is necessary with the Overhand Knot, take the working end and go underneath the loop and then through it.
If you were to pull the working end now to tighten the rope, you’d end up with an Overhand Knot. We don’t want that. In this case, you should take the working end and wrap it once more around the loop.
What you have right now is essentially the knot, but it’s not yet been tightened. If you pull gently on both ends (in opposing directions) of the rope, you’ll see the knot begin to take shape. As you pull, use your pinky fingers to push the knot in on itself. Help the knot land where it wants to.
Here’s a better, more close up view of this step.
If you continue to pull and adjust the rope, you’ll end up with a mighty fine looking stopper knot. This is the Double Overhand Knot.
This is the view of the front of the knot.
And this is a view of the back of the knot.
Do you see how the rope runs parallel on the front and crosses over on the back? The knot creates a nice tight ball.
Let me know if you have any questions! Thanks!