The Overhand Knot or Thumb Knot is the smallest, simplest and most commonly used knot. It is used as a stopping knot, for example to prevent the end of a rope from untwisting. When tied at the end or standing part of a rope, this knot prevents it from sliding through a block, hole, or another knot. It can also be used to increase a person’s grip on a rope.
To Tie an Overhand Knot:
- Make a loop near the end of the rope
- Pass the running end through the loop
- Draw tightly