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Archive for July, 2010

Sheet Bend [Know your Knots]


The Sheet Bend (also known as a Weaver’s Knot or Weaver’s Hitch) is used to join two ropes together. It is closely related to the Bowline.

Joining Lines of Different Diameter

In the animation two lines of equal diameter are shown. The Sheet Bend is also capable of tying lines of different diameters together. When this is the case, the larger line should assume the simpler role forming a bend as demonstrated by the red line. The smaller line then forms the hitch as shown by the white line in the animation.

Finally, it is important the end of both lines be positioned on the same side of knot when complete. This helps the hitch from slipping through the bend.

A Variation for More Security

Under dynamic conditions, where the Sheet Bend may be continuously loaded and unloaded, a second turn under the hitch is advised. This transforms a Sheet Bend into a Double Sheet Bend as shown in the image below. The second turn helps prevent the knot from working itself apart.

Activities involving rope and knots can be potentially dangerous. The information shared here is for instructional purposes only. Children learning the art of knot tying should be supervised by an adult at all times. Never tie any knot, even one designed not to slip around the waste, neck or other body part. No responsibility is accepted for incidents arising from the use of this material.

Kid of the Week

Summer-time fun is in full swing at Longshore Sailing School.  Connect with us at Facebook where we’ve created a photo album of our Kids of the Week.  Happy Sailing!