The Reef Knot


The reef knot is used to tie reef points in a sail. Otherwise, the knot both jams and slips. If it weren't for using it in shoe laces, probably wouldn't be mentioned at all. The traditional catch phrase is "left over right, then right over left."

Step by Step Instructions

Cross the line from the right over the line from the left

Loop each working part around, with the new working end from the left passing over the one on the right

Now tuck each working end over and through the opposing loop

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