Slip knot

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This article is about the releasable knot. For the heavy metal band, see Slipknot (band). For other uses, see Slipknot (disambiguation).
Slip knot
A slip knot tied in a kernmantle rope
Names Slip knot, Slipped overhand knot
Category Stopper
Related running knot, noose knot
Releasing Non-jamming
Typical use temporary stopper knot, knitting, animal snares
ABoK 529[1]

The slip knot is a stopper knot which is easily undone by pulling the tail (working end). The slip knot is related to the running knot, which will release when the standing end is pulled. Both knots are identical and are composed of a slipped overhand knot, where a bight allows the knot be released by pulling on an end; the working end for a slip knot, and the standing end for a running knot. The slip knot is used as a starting point for crochet and knitting.

Standard creation[edit]

The slip knot is formed by first creating a loop in the shape of a "p". Place a hand or hook through the loop hole and grab a bight on the working end. Draw this bight through the first loop. Seat the knot and pull the bight until a small loop is created.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ashley, Clifford W. (1993) [1944], The Ashley Book of Knots, New York: Doubleday, p. 87, ISBN 0-385-04025-3 

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