This is another very simple knot to tie It stems from the basic Overhand Knot, but in this version, the working end isn’t snaked through the loop, like it was with that knot. Instead, a bight (looks like an oxbow – it’s when two parts of the rope are brought together to form a U) is formed and that bight is brought through the loop. The primary purpose of this type of knot is to hold a load. Much like the Overhand Knot, it’s a stopper. But with this version, the knot is easy to untie because all you need to do is pull on the working end and the entire thing will come loose. Actually, once you pull on the working end, the knot will disappear. This knot isn’t appropriate to use to stop the end of a rope from fraying as is the Overhand Knot. Again, this one is used primarily as a temporary measure and is meant to be untied quickly and easily.
To practice tying the knot, lay a piece of rope out on a table like so.
Then, take the working end and place it over the standing end. Create a bight (a U) and begin to push that bight through the loop that’s been formed.
Finally, to tighten the knot, pull the standing end (long end of the rope) until everything is nice and snug. The important part here is to make sure the bight that you pushed through the loop stays intact. If the working end comes through too far, you’ll end up with a regular Overhand Knot and that’s not what you want.
Here’s a photo of the finished Overhand Knot with Drawloop.
It’s very important to recognize that this drawloop isn’t meant to hold any weight. If you were to attach something to this rope and then hang it by this loop, the loop would very easily slip out. The drawloop is only meant to assist with untying the rope.
Another important point to remember. Much like the Overhand Knot, if this knot is used as a stopper and is tightened enough, there may be no way to untie it, even with this drawloop. You may need to cut the knot if tightened too much. But in general, under normal circumstances, you should be able to simply pull on the working end and the knot will come apart.