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How to Tie a Sheet Bend Knot Step by Step with Pictures and Video

Updated on July 25, 2013

A Sheet Bend Knot

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Sheet Bend - How to Tie Two Ropes Together

A sheet bend, also known as becker bend or weaver's knot, is a fast, easy way to secure two lines (ropes) together. It is more secure than a square knot and, when "doubled," can be a reasonably secure way to attach lines of different diameters.

How to Tie a Sheet Bend

First, form a loop at the end of line line. This loop may be permanent because of a splice or hardware, or you can just form a U-shaped loop, yourself.


Then, bring the working end of the second line through the loop, taking it from back to front, as shown below.


Pass the working end of line #2 behind the loop in line #1. If you wish to form a double sheet bend, make an extra wrap at this time.


Then, pass the working end of line #2 under line #2, between where it comes through the loop in #1 and passes behind it. It sounds really complicated, but it isn't. Just look at the picture below and you should easily see what I mean. If not, watch the video and all will be made clear!


All that remains is tightening down the knot and you have created a sheet bend.

Sheet bend knot
Sheet bend knot | Source

Video on How to Tie a Sheet Bend

Sheet Bend Knot

As with most knots, a sheet bend can work loose when it is not under tension. This is especially true of sheet bends tied with different sized lines. This means you should always check a sheet bend's security before trusting it with your life! While under pressure it is quite reliable. Hope you have enjoyed and find this tutorial easy to follow. As always, please let me know if you find anything confusing or have any questions and I'll do my best to help!


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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      Thanks for stopping by and I'm glad you found it useful!

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      Oscar Jones 5 years ago from Alabama

      I always am needing to tie a knot.,. sometimes its knots in the heart, or emotional knots that need untying, but also, one should be on the lookout for a real knot to tie .. perhaps to just tie the ends of a clothesline.. very good..

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      Good information to have on hand. It seems that this would be useful in securing boats on the water to a pier very well. Is this something that can be taught to children easily? Thanks for sharing.

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      Greg Schweizer 5 years ago from Corona, California.

      Hi Natashalh, I agree with GS, only I know it was in the last century for me. And you are a knotty girl. Greg ;-)

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I actually remember doing this as a kid but it was completely gone from my memory banks until I read this hub...nice job of detailing the process.

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      Natasha 5 years ago from Hawaii

      That's funny. I guess 'last century' really wasn't all that recent, anymore. Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment!

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      I think the last time I ever did this was in the last century! Thanks for reminding me.