How to Tie the Regular Bowline Knot


The Bowline is the king of knots, or if you like it, bends
A Bowline on a bollard is the most effective of journey’s ends”
–A. P. Herbert, Brithsi novelist

The Bowline (pronounced ‘BO-lin’) is likely the most helpful you could ever study, therefore the quoted poem. The Bowline is most effective for attaching a line securely to an object exactly where the line is not anticipated to be beneath load all of the time, or for producing an eye for far more complicated rope devices like the Trucker’s Hitch or the Versatackle.

There are a handful of distinct strategies of tying the bowline, this is the ‘standard’, which is typically not the most sensible way to tie it, but is likely most effective for understanding the structure of the knot.

This way makes use of a mnemonic about a rabbit coming out of a hole, exactly where the operating finish is the rabbit, the initial loop is the hole, and the standing component is the tree.

It is a fantastic way to try to remember how to tie the knot, but it does have to have each hands free of charge and does not give you substantially handle more than the line, so it is not wonderful for tying quick, or in the dark (study when it matters most).

The Bowline can be quickly opened, even following important loading, by folding down the collar (exactly where the operating finish passes about the standing component).

The entire knot can also be tied the other way round, with the standing up more than the operating component in the initial turn, the operating finish going away from the tyer 1st and so forth., but it is far more typically tied this way, likely since it is easier to try to remember.

Step 1. Make a loop. This is the ‘hole’. Notice that the loop is such that the operating finish is above (or nearer to the tyer’ viewpoint than) the standing component of the loop:

standard bowline step 1

Step two. Thread the operating finish (the ’rabbit’) up by means of the ‘hole’:

standard bowline step 2

Step three. The rabbit goes about the standing component (the ‘tree’) from suitable to left:

standard bowline step 3

Step four. The rabbit gets scared, and runs back down the hole, following his / her / its initial path up:

standard bowline knot final

So, in summary, the rabbit comes out of the hole, about the tree from suitable to left, and back down the hole:

This photograph shows how the Bowline is quickly opened, by folding down the collar:

opening the bowline

Connected Knots

  • There are numerous variations of the Bowline. With two loops: the Spanish Bowline, the Portuguese Bowline, and with 3 loops the Triple Bowline.
  • The Bowline is an finish loop knot, so is connected to other finish loops like the Angler’s Loop and the Figure of Eight on a Bight (or ‘rethreaded’)


The Bowline is an extremely helpful knot, and this is likely the most effective introduction to how it is produced, and how it can be made use of.

standard bowline knot Pinterest image


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