I was trying to tie a largish stopper knot using a guide on my phone. Somehow I ended up with this.

It works for what I wanted but I’d like to know its name.


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This is what people in my area refer to as the "stopper knot," i.e., the most common knot used around here for that purpose: a double overhand. It just isn't dressed in the standard way. Knots are often hard to identify when they're not dressed the way we're used to seeing them dressed.

dressing a stopper knot

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    Specifically, a double-overhand knot. Also known as blood knot or barrel knot; probably has other names, too. Commented Feb 6, 2021 at 16:06
  • @TobySpeight: Double overhand seems like the most logical name, although I've never actually heard anybody in my area call it anything but a stopper. It would be nice if knot terminology were more logical and systematic, but unfortunately people look at you blankly if you say "offset overhand" rather than "euro death knot."
    – user2169
    Commented Feb 6, 2021 at 17:05
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    It's just odd to hear it called "the" stopper knot, as if no other kind of stopper knot existed. Especially as the question is "what kind of stopper knot is this?" It's a bit like saying something is "a hitch" - describing the purpose, but not identifying the knot. Commented Feb 6, 2021 at 21:28
  • doesn't that look a lot like a clove hitch?
    – njzk2
    Commented Feb 6, 2021 at 22:57
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    Thank you all for the comments! I didn’t know my knot was undressed in public. How embarrassing.
    – PTinNC
    Commented Feb 8, 2021 at 5:15

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