Sheet bend


Sheet bend
Sheet bend
Schotstek rechts.jpg
Names Sheet bend, becket bend, weaver's knot, weaver's hitch
Category Bend
Related Bowline
Typical use joining two ropes of different diameters
ABoK (simple) #1, #1431; (double) #488, #1434; (weaver's) #2, #485;

The sheet bend (also known as becket bend, weaver's knot and weaver's hitch) is a bend, that is, a knot that joins two ropes together. Doubled, it is effective in binding lines of different diameter or rigidity securely together, although it has a tendency to work loose when not under load.

The sheet bend is related in structure to the bowline. It is very fast to tie, and along with the bowline and clove hitch is considered so essential it is knot №1 in the Ashley Book of Knots.[1] It is a more secure replacement for the reef knot (square knot), especially in its doubled variety.[2]

Contents

Method

Steps in tying a weaver's knot

The sheet bend may be tied by various methods: the basic "rabbit through the hole" method of forming a half hitch in the bight of the larger rope, by a more expedient method shown in Ashley as №1431 (similar to the method used by an experienced sailor or mountaineer to tie a bowline) or by a trick method, Ashley №2562, involving upsetting a noose knot over a short end of the "larger" rope. (Lines of equal size may be joined with a sheet bend, of course, but when one is larger, it plays the simpler role of the red line shown in the infobox, rather than forming the nipped hitch as the green line does.) For maximum strength it is desirable to have the free ends on the same side of the knot.

One type of weaver's knot is topologically equivalent to a sheet bend, but is tied (usually in smaller stuff) with a different approach. Sheet bends are also used for netting.

A fish net made from sheet bends

Notice that, in order to be most secure, the two free ends should end up on the same side of the knot (see below).

Double sheet bend

The double sheet bend

When lines are of unequal diameter or rigidity it is necessary for security to "double" the sheet bend by making an additional round turn below the first and again bringing the working end back under itself.[3] The free ends should end up on the same side of the knot for maximum strength.

See also

References

  1. ^ Ashley, Clifford W. (1944). The Ashley Book of Knots. Doubleday. pp. 9. 
  2. ^ Cassidy 1985, The Klutz Book of Knots
  3. ^ http://www.animatedknots.com/sheetbend/index.php

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  • Sheet bend — Sheet Sheet, n. [OE. shete, schete, AS. sc[=e]te, sc[=y]te, fr. sce[ a]t a projecting corner, a fold in a garment (akin to D. schoot sheet, bosom, lap, G. schoss bosom, lap, flap of a coat, Icel. skaut, Goth. skauts the hem of a garment);… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sheet bend — sheet′ bend n. navig. a knot made between two ropes by forming a bight in one and passing the end of the other through the bight, around it, and under itself • Etymology: 1835–45 …   From formal English to slang

  • sheet bend — n. Naut. a knot used in fastening a rope to the bight of another rope or to an eye: see KNOT1 …   English World dictionary

  • sheet bend — noun a hitch used for temporarily tying a rope to the middle of another rope (or to an eye) • Syn: ↑becket bend, ↑weaver s knot, ↑weaver s hitch • Hypernyms: ↑hitch * * * noun : a bend or hitch used for temporarily fastening a rope to the bight… …   Useful english dictionary

  • sheet bend — /ˈʃit bɛnd/ (say sheet bend) noun Nautical a knot used to bend the end of a line on to a bight or eye of another line, used especially with large lines …   Australian English dictionary

  • sheet bend — noun A type of knot that can be used to join two ropes of different diameters. See Also: double sheet bend …   Wiktionary

  • sheet bend — noun Date: circa 1823 a bend or hitch used for temporarily fastening a rope to the bight of another rope or to an eye see knot illustration …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • sheet bend — a knot made between two ropes by forming a bight in one and passing the end of the other through the bight, around it, and under itself. Also called becket bend, netting knot, weaver s hitch, weaver s knot. [1835 45] * * * …   Universalium

  • sheet bend — noun a method of temporarily fastening one rope through the loop of another …   English new terms dictionary

  • double sheet bend — noun Doubled version of the sheet bend; A strong knot used to tie two ropes together …   Wiktionary


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