# Square knot

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

Adult leader awards are also called "Square knots." |

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