Praised by some as the nearest thing to a perfect bend, the carrick bend will not slip wet or dry, unties easily and can’t jam. However, it can be tricky to tie. The carrick bend is especially useful when bending large lines or hawsers together.
Cast this knot on a table or other flat surface.
A. Begin by placing an underhand loop in the end of line 1 on the table.
B. Lay the bitter end of line 2 under the loop with the two working parts on opposite sides.
C. Cross the bitter end of line 2 over the working part of line 1 and under the bitter end of line 1.
D. Next, cross the bitter end of line 2 over the near side of the loop, under the working part of line 2, and finally over the loop’s far side. The result is an underhand loop in line 2 that’s woven into the underhand loop in line 1. Before tightening the knot, ensure that the knot’s two bitter ends are diagonally opposite as are the two working parts and that every crossing follows an over-under-over-under path. No part of line in the knot crosses two adjacent other parts.
E. After pulling the knot tight, you won’t recognize the result. So it’s imperative to get the crossings right before tightening the knot.
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Original materials used with thanks to Irene Rodriguez and John Bennett