I’m sure you’ve all tied this one before. This is the same exact knot as the Simple Overhand Knot, but with two ends of a rope or two separate ropes. Again, this can be used as a stopper knot when a larger hole is present or you can even use this knot to stop the ends of a rope from fraying. I’m sure you’ve tied up your sweatpants while in gym class using this knot once or twice. I know I have.
One technical aspect of this knot you should be aware of though is that it’s not considered a bend. The reasoning for this is because with this knot, both of the working ends are to remain pointed in one direction and both of the standing ends are to remain pointed in the other. If you were to spread apart the standing ends and pull them in opposite directions, it would be another story, but as far as this Two Strand Overhand Knot is concerned, everything is meant to remain aligned.
Okay, here’s how you tie it. It’s very simple.
First, align your two ropes or the two ends of the same rope.
Next, take the two working ends and lay them over the standing ends so a loop is formed.
Take the working ends and continue to push them underneath the loop and through it.
Finally, to tighten the knot, hold onto the standing ends with one hand and the working ends with the other hand and pull in opposite directions.
And there you’ll have your knot.
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