# Square knot

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+ | [[Image:Square-Knot.gif|frame|right|<center>'''Square Knot'''</center>]]{{Shortcut|[[Square knot]]}} | ||

+ | [[Image:Granny_Knot.gif|frame|right|<center>'''Granny Knot'''</center>]] | ||

+ | {{ABOK|# 1402, p 258}} Ashly states that: '''''"There have probably been more lives lost as a result of using a square knot as a bend (to tie two ropes together) than from the failure of any other half dozen knots combined." The [[Sheet Bend]] is as easy to tie and untie | ||

+ | {{quote-source|The square knot is also known as the joining knot because it can join two ropes together and because it is the first knot Scouts learn when they join the BSA. It has many uses-from securing bundles, packages, and the sails of ships to tying the ends of bandages. | ||

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+ | To tie a square knot, hold one rope end in each hand. Pass the right end over and under the rope in your left hand and pull it snug. Next, pass the rope now in your left hand over and under the one now in your right, and pull it snug. Remember, '''right over left, left over right.'''|[[Boy Scout Handbook]] p. 8}} | ||

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+ | '''Note: The Square knot comes untied easily and is not as strong as a [[Knot#Sheet bend|Sheet bend]]. | ||

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+ | * [[Wolf Electives]] 17a. Learn to tie an overhand knot and a '''square knot'''. | ||

+ | * [[Bear]] 22b. Tie a '''square knot''', bowline, sheet bend, two half-hitches, and slip knot. Tell how each knot is used. | ||

+ | * [[Outdoorsman|Webelos Outdoorsman]] #11. ...Show how to tie a ''square knot'' and explain how it is used. | ||

+ | * [[Arrow of Light Award|Webelos Arrow of Light]] #2 ''Tie the joining knot (square knot).'' | ||

+ | * [[Scout]] #6: ''Demonstrate tying the '''square knot''' (a joining knot).'' | ||

+ | * [[Small-Boat Sailing]] #7a: [[Square knot|Square (Reef) knot]] - [[Clove hitch]] - [[Two half-hitches]] - [[Bowline]] - [[Cleat hitch]] - [[Figure Eight]] | ||

+ | * [[Apprentice|Sea Scout Apprentice]] #5. [[Square knot]] - [[Bowline]] - [[Clove hitch]] - [[Sheet bend]] - [[Two half-hitches]] - [[Figure Eight]] - [[Cleat hitch]] | ||

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+ | ;Instructions | ||

+ | Right over left, left over right, makes a knot tidy, and tight. | ||

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+ | The Square knot is one of the [[Forty Knots]]. | ||

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## Revision as of 13:32, November 30, 2010

Special Knots, and Advanced Knots, for Wolf, Bear, Webelos, Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class.

See *The Ashley Book of Knots* # 1402, p 258. Ashly states that: *"There have probably been more lives lost as a result of using a square knot as a bend (to tie two ropes together) than from the failure of any other half dozen knots combined." The Sheet Bend is as easy to tie and untie *

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— Boy Scout Handbook p. 8 |

**Note: The Square knot comes untied easily and is not as strong as a Sheet bend. **

- Required for

- Wolf Electives 17a. Learn to tie an overhand knot and a
**square knot**. - Bear 22b. Tie a
**square knot**, bowline, sheet bend, two half-hitches, and slip knot. Tell how each knot is used. - Webelos Outdoorsman #11. ...Show how to tie a
*square knot*and explain how it is used. - Webelos Arrow of Light #2
*Tie the joining knot (square knot).* - Scout #6:
*Demonstrate tying the***square knot**(a joining knot). - Small-Boat Sailing #7a:
**Square (Reef) knot**- Clove hitch - Two half-hitches - Bowline - Cleat hitch - Figure Eight - Sea Scout Apprentice #5.
**Square knot**- Bowline - Clove hitch - Sheet bend - Two half-hitches - Figure Eight - Cleat hitch

- Instructions

Right over left, left over right, makes a knot tidy, and tight.

The Square knot is one of the Forty Knots.

- See also