I thought I’d start things off easy. This knot is the one. You can’t get any easier than this. The Overhand Knot is a simple stopper knot that’s perfect for two things; first, to stop the rope from pulling through some sort of an opening. Sometimes, that opening is another knot and sometimes it’s something physical, such as a piece of metal or plastic. Think about threading a piece of rope through a grommet or eyelet on a tarp. If you wanted to tie the tarp off to something and didn’t want the rope to pull back through, you’d tie a stopper knot at the end of it. That’s this one. Of course, there are more stopper knots out there, but this is one for today.
The second most popular use for this knot is to stop a rope from fraying too far. If a rope is frayed and you’d like to stop that fray from continuing up the rope, tie one of these knots as close to the fray as possible and your goal will be achieved. Personally, I use this knot all the time at the grocery store. When I place items from the produce department, such as an apple or two, into a plastic bag, I’ll tie the top of the bag off with the Overhand Knot, so the apples don’t come rolling out later on. I also use this knot as a stopper when I’m climbing trees for removal or pruning. I’ll tie my climbing rope to my saddle and use an Anchor Hitch Knot as my primary and then this Overhand Knot as the stopper so the working end of my rope doesn’t find its way loose through the Anchor Knot somehow.
You don’t really need to learn this one because you already know it, but I’ll show you what it looks like. I’ll also give you instructions for how to tie it.
First, expose your rope. I just placed a piece of mine on a table.
Next, take the working end (the end of the rope) and make a loop in the rope by placing it over the standing end (the remainder of the rope).
Take the working end and push it around the outside of the loop and then through it.
Finally, hold onto the working end and the standing end and pull them apart from one another so the knot tightens.
And there you go. You’ve got your stopper knot. The official names for this knot are the Overhand, Simple or Thumb Knot.
To loosen the knot, try rolling the loop portion of it off of either end. You can also try pushing both the standing end and working end towards one another until something loosens and you can pull the knot apart. Sometimes, in extreme situations, this knot will be too tight to loosen and you’ll need to cut it out.