Weaver’s Knot

How to Tie the Weaver’s Knot

The Weaver’s Knot is a really quick and easy knot to tie! For those of you that recognise your knots, you will see that the finished knot is the Sheet Bend (How to Tie the Sheet Bend). The Sheet Bend and the Weaver’s Knot are the same knot, but they are tied differently.

Why Use the Weaver’s Knot Method?

The Weaver’s Knot is used when you want to join two pieces of yarn together. OK, you can tie them together using the Sheet Bend method, but when using finer yarn, you will find that tying your knot using the Weaver’s Knot method, is just a little bit less fiddly.

What is the Weaver’s Knot Used For?

The Weaver’s Knot is used for joining yarns together. However, as someone that likes to make fishing nets, I use this knot to add more line, when the previous one runs out. Also if I want to change the colour of my fishing net, then I try to use the Weaver’s Knot. What I like about the Weaver’s Knot is that it is a low profile knot, easy to tie and secure in softer yarns. I would say that in some cases the Weaver’s Knot is not always the best. If you are using a rather stiffer line for net making, test the knot first. Tie the Weaver’s Knot and then push, pull and giggle it all about. If you see that the knot is loosening, then maybe try using the Surgeon’s Knot? How to Tie the Surgeon’s Knot

How to Tie the Weaver’s Knot Video Tutorial

In this short and sweet video, you will learn how to tie the Weaver’s Knot. Although this is tied in fine yarn, I have scaled it up and demonstrated tying the knot in my usual cordage.

How to Tie the Weaver’s Knot

Personally, since learning to tie the Weaver’s Knot, I have also adopted this way of tying the sheet bend when I use larger rope. What are your opinions of tying the Sheet Bend in this way?


Rope Repair

Emergency Way of Fixing a Damaged Rope

OK, before we get into what to do to fix a damaged rope, lets just say this: DO NOT USE a damaged rope for critical load! However, having just said that, you may be in an emergency situation where you need to use a damaged rope.

How Strong is a Damaged Rope?

Now the problem is, that if you have a frayed or damaged rope, you do knot know how much the damaged has reduced the strength of the rope. So what you need to do is to bypass the damaged section of rope with a knot that is not only strong, but also less prone to shake loose. It is often said that the Sheepshank can be used to bypass a damaged section of rope, but the problem with the Sheepshank is that it can easily shake loose when not loaded.

Bypass a Damaged Section of Rope

Best Knot for Bypassing a Damaged Section of Rope

An excellent knot to use for this purpose is the Alpine Butterfly Loop or the Alpine Butterfly Bend. The Alpine Butterfly Loop and Bend can both be tied in the same way. Not only that, the Alpine Butterfly Loop is really easy and quick to tie in the bight of the rope. Once the Alpine Butterfly has been tied and dressed securely and properly, it is less prone to shake loose or fall apart.

How Strong is the Alpine Butterfly Loop

The Alpine Butterfly Loop and the Alpine Butterfly Bend are often used by climbers. Not only is it a strong and secure knot, but it is easy to spot if it is tied incorrectly. The Advantage of the Alpine Butterfly is it’s strength. When you look at the Strength of Knot Chart, you will see that the Alpine Butterfly sits proudly at the top of the list.

All knots tied into a rope will reduce it’s strength. So by knowing which knot will retain as much strength as possible, you will be able to calculate just how strong your rope is, after you have bypassed the damage.

How to Fix a Damaged Section of Rope Video

In this video, you will learn how to bypass a damaged section of rope using the Alpine Butterfly Loop.