A sheet bend connects two ropes either of the same or different diameters. The sheet bend knot is also known as a Becket bend, a weaver⠀ ™s knot, or a weaver⠀ ™s hitch and is similar to a bowline except it uses two lines instead of one. Similar to the bowline, it is strong, easy and quick to tie, and easy to untie. The sheet bend can be used to reef sails, and to connect two lines for any purpose such as to tow a small boat behind a Whaler. When using lines of unequal diameter, the small line should be the line that passes back through itself as shown below.

There are multiple methods used to tie this knot, both by sailors and mountaineers. These directions outline the standard method used to tie the sheet bend.

Things You Will Need

A Rope

Step 1

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Make a bight with the bitter end of one rope (rope A - the one with the larger diameter). Pass the bitter end of the other rope (rope B ⠀ “ the one with the smaller diameter) up through the bight.

Step 2

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Bring the bitter end of rope B around the back of rope A.

Step 3

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Pass the bitter end of rope B back through itself, and pull the knot tight.

This knot is strongest when both bitter ends are on the same side. To increase the strength of the knot when using lines of different diameter you should tie a double sheet bend. To do this, pass the bitter end of B around rope A two times in the second step instead of just one.

As with any knot, learn to tie it and then practice with your eyes closed, behind your back, and any way you can think of so in a pinch you are sure you can tie it quickly.

To learn to tie other sailing knots, visit:

Tying a Bowline

Tying a Figure-8 Knot

Tying a Square Knot

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