One way to categorise common knots to join two ropes together (i.e. bends) is:
- Bends tied as if there were only one rope: by holding the two ropes together (side by side, parallel, both ending in the same place and direction) and then tying a knot (e.g. a stopper knot) in the pair as if it were just a single rope. (These tend to produce a knot which lies to one side, helping the joined line run over ledges without snagging.) Some examples are the overhand bend (a.k.a. EDT) and the double-overhand bend.
- Bends tied by first tying a knot in one rope, then threading the second rope alongside it in the opposite direction. Some examples are the water knot and the rethreaded figure-eight bend.
- Other bends where the ropes do not trace side-by-side. Some of these are still symmetrical (e.g. double fisherman's bend) and some are not (e.g. sheet bend).
Are there any accepted names for these categories?
For example, the figure-eight has been used to derive knots in both the first and second categories, but one sometimes rolls apart while the other is strong. Is there a way to unambiguously label these apart?
Another example is that the double-overhand is used to derive knots in both the first and third categories (mentioned above), but in the first category it is sometimes confused with a different (and perhaps slightly weaker) knot: the one created by stacking two consecutive (single) overhand bends. How can this ambiguity be avoided?