My 6 year old daughter was playing with ropes today and tied a knot of her own creation. I tried to demonstrate to her the importance of learning to tie good knots that don't slip, but when I went to yank on her knot, it didn't slip at all. Upon further inspection I concluded that it appears to be a rather sound friction knot. The more force you put on the rope, the tighter the choke on the tail end. After looking at it long enough I started to wonder if I've perhaps seen this knot before in ABOK.

Does anyone recognize this as an established knot?



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It appears to be an Anchor Bend, which Wikipedia lists as being #1723, #1841 in ABoK.

enter image description here (Anchor Bend knot, Public Domain from Wikipedia)

I found it by initially thinking the knot in your picture looked a little like a round turn with two half hitches, but with only one half hitch, and it being through the wrong place. That page on Wikipedia though led me to the List of hitch knots, and happily one matching your daughter's knot was very close to the top!

It even goes on to say:

The knot is very similar to a round turn and two half hitches except that the first half hitch is passed under the turn.

thus validating my initial hunch!

  • It's normally known as the anchor hitch, by virtue of being a hitch not a bend. Though it does come up listed as a bend on occasion.
    – Separatrix
    Dec 30, 2019 at 14:15
  • @Separatrix - The wikipedia page notes that too: "The name is a misnomer, as it is technically not a bend, but a hitch." Dec 30, 2019 at 14:16

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