How to Tie an Overhand Loop Knot

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Learn how to tie a correct overhand loop knot for hiking, climbing, or sailing in this free knot tying video clip.

Part of the Video Series: How to Tie Knots: Vol 1
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Now if you want to create a really good secure loop in your line, the best way to do this is with an overhand loop. Now the overhand loop is a great loop to put in a line but the problem is that you might have to cut it out because once tension is put on your rope, you will not find it easy to pull this loop out. So what we're going to do is go ahead and take our length of rope that we have here, we'll place it here. Now what we're going to do is we're going to pull out a little bit more and we're going to go ahead and create a bite right here on my rope. Now I'm going to use this bite that I have here and I'm going to go ahead and loop it over. This bite will become my working end now. Now we'll loop it over here and then pull it through in a simple overhand knot and as I pull it you will see that the knot will tighten up and the more strength you put on this, the tension you put on this the tighter this knot will become. Making it almost impossible to pull out of your rope. It's best to use rope that you don't really care much about, or thin rope. So we'll do this one more time. Go ahead and take our length of rope here, pull it, put a bite into it right there and we'll just take it and loop it over and create a simple overhand knot with a loop.

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