Sailor knots are nostalgic and cool, reminiscent of salty breezes and charming seaports. And there's just something so Boy Scout-y about sitting down with some rope and learning to tie one. So here's a quick tutorial for just one of many sailor knots, the Carrick Bend (quick lingo lesson: bend is a term used for a type of knot that secures two different ropes together).
Of course knots such as this could come in handy on outings like a survival-training camping trip or a voyage asea. But if you don't have such an outdoorsy use for one, no judgments here...I'm tying my knot while sitting in front of an air conditioner, sipping on mint seltzer. Luckily, they're pretty, too, so you can use them as decoration. I included a couple ideas for knot-uses below!
Carrick Bend How-To (follow along on the steps above):
- 1a. Lay one rope in a backwards C shape, then cross the bottom tail over the top tail, forming a loop. This rope will be your "standing" end of the knot - it won't move for the rest of the knotting.
- 1b. Coming from the right side, run your second rope into a correct-facing C shape, laying it on top of the first (top) tail of the standing part and under the second (bottom) tail of the previous rope. This right rope is your "working" end.
- 2a. Take the top tail of the working end and slide it under both strands of the loop of the standing end.
- 2b. Take the bottom tail of the working end and pass it over the first part of the standing end loop.
- 3. Working with the that same bottom tail of the working end, pass it under it's own other tail, then over the remaining part of the standing end loop.
- 4. Pull evenly on all four tails to tighten the knot.
Some crafty uses for your knot:
- Finish your knot off with a clasp on both ends, and turn it into jewelry, like this DIY nautical bracelet.
- You can also use your knot to make a simple piece of wall art, reminiscent of vintage knot boards like this one, by gluing your knot to a background and framing it in a shadow box or deep frame.
- Or skip the Boy Scout activities all together and buy a copy of the above print for your wall here.
(all photos, jamie grill photography)