The One Knot Everyone Should Know How to Tie

Published On 09/25/2015 Published On 09/25/2015

You probably think I'm talking about the shoelace knot, known more formally as a double-slipped reef knot. But no, that is not the knot I'm talking about. To be frank, the shoelace knot actually kind of sucks. It’s super weak and comes undone remarkably easy and will often trip me up as I’m trying to do my moves out on the dance floor.

The knot I am going to show you is the bowline knot. It’s a strong, honest, and true knot used for rescues, camping, securing boats, hanging hammocks, and making other knots feel inferior. It’s very easy to tie, and here's how it’s done.

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• One piece of rope

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Step one

Make a lil' loop in the rope

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Step two

Pass the end of the rope through the lil' loop (going over the rope, and then under).

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Step three

Take the end of the rope and bring it over the line before going... 

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Step four

... back under and through that lil' loop one last time.

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Step five

You're almost there! Now pull the rope taut.

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Step six

Find someone to rescue, a boat to secure, or a hammock to hang. Because somewhere out there, a hammock most definitely needs hanging. 

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Alex Robinson in an editor at Thrillist who can tie the bowline with one hand. I sh*t you knot. Follow him on Instagram for a ton of hammock porn. 



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