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How to Tie an Overhand Knot, Mid-Rope

It's the simplest knot to tie, but hard to untie after it's been loaded. That makes the overhand knot secure as a permanent knot. This knot is ideal for creating a loop in the rope with minimal footage.
Text and photos by Steve Howe
Need a primer on knot tying terminology? Click here.
  • Put a <a href="/how-to-tie-knots/skills/14349">bight</a> in a mid-portion of the rope.
  • Twist a loop into the bight.
  • Insert the fold of the bight through the loop.
  • Tighten and neaten the knot, removing kinks and sharp twists.
Put a <a href="/how-to-tie-knots/skills/14349">bight</a> in a mid-portion of the rope.
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Put a bight in a mid-portion of the rope.

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