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Agreed, any "knot explainer" that includes the step "Tie a few ‘granny knot’ L over R, then R over L to secure the underlying knot" immediately disqualifies it as an actual knot.

The taughtline hitch is a much better knot for this.

I never could master the trucker's hitch[1] though :-)

[1] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUHgGK-tImY






But doesn't alternating L over R then R over L make it actually a square knot? That's pretty classically an "actual" knot, albeit poorly described in this case.

Agreed, L over R then R over L is a square knot or reef knot.

L over R, L over R would make a granny knot.

But maybe in the UK both are called a granny knot?

Interestingly, when a granny knot is collapsed (the cord on one side gets pulled taut), it becomes two half hitches. When a square knot is collapsed, it becomes a larks head or cow hitch knot. In the balanced state, the granny is a weaker knot and the square is stronger. In the collapsed state (then cleaned up a little bit), two half hitches is a stronger knot than a cow hitch.


>L over R, L over R would make a granny knot.

Same in the UK.


I don’t think so, they’re just repeating half hitches for stability. This is very commonplace. I’ve never seen a reason to alternate the direction of the half hitches though.

Well, one comes undone easily and the other is more secure, compare here [1] or here [2] for example.

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Granny_knot [2] https://www.fieggen.com/shoelace/grannyknot.htm


If you can't tie a knot, tie a lot?

Also, it's a taut-line hitch:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taut-line_hitch

taut, meaning tight, not taught, the past tense of teach.




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