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Surgeon's loop

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Description: A very good knot for making a loop in the end of a length of nylon and is easy to tie. By tying a surgeon's loop on the ends of two lengths of nylon, they can then be joined using a loop-to-loop connection.


1. Turn the end of the nylon back alongside itself so that you have formed a loop.

2. Grip the tag end and the main length in one hand and, with the thumb and forefinger of your free hand, take hold of both lengths short of the loop itself.

3. Now make a loop with your thumb and fore finger and hold this new loop with the fingers of your other hand. Let go with your thumb and forefinger and use them to pass the first loop twice through the loop that you have just formed.

4. Moisten the knot and pull both ends carefully to tighten it. Trim-off the tag end close to the knot. This knot has the advantage of a tag end that lies close to the main line.

Graphics of knots drawn by Tim Pegg of Thilmcraft Graphics. E-mail: thilm@paston.co.uk

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