Sheet Bend

The Sheet Bend knot, also known as the Weaver’s Knot or the Double Overhand Bend, has been used for centuries by sailors, fisherman, and other seafaring individuals. The knot was first recorded in use by ancient sailors in the Mediterranean. The earliest known depictions of the knot can be found in the hieroglyphs of ancient Egyptian ships, where it was used to tie together different sizes of ropes.


During the Middle Ages, the knot was widely used by Mediterranean sailors and fisherman. The sheet bend was particularly useful for joining together different sized ropes, making it the perfect knot for attaching sails to ships. It became so popular among sailors that it was known as “the sailor’ knot.”

In the Age of Exploration, the sheet bend knot was introduced to sailors from other parts of the world. It quickly became a standard knot for attaching ropes to sails and for other uses at sea. As ships began to cross the Atlantic, the sheet bend knot became a common sight on ships from Europe, Africa, and the Americas.

In the 19th century, the sheet bend knot was widely used by stevedores and dockworkers to tie cargo onto ships. The knot’s ability to hold under heavy loads and its ease of use made it the perfect knot for this purpose. It was also used by sailors and fisherman to tie together different sized ropes while they were out at sea.

The sheet bend knot was later used by explorers and mountaineers, who found it to be a reliable and secure knot for joining ropes of different sizes. Today, the sheet bend is still widely used by sailors, fisherman, and boaters, as well as by campers, hikers, and other outdoor enthusiasts.

In modern times, the sheet bend knot is considered to be one of the most useful and versatile knots, as it can be used in a variety of situations and settings, from boating and fishing, to camping and climbing. It is a knot that has stood the test of time and remains a vital part of many industries and activities, a testament to its utility and effectiveness. It is also taught as a basic knot in many nautical schools and Scout groups.


  1. Take the thicker rope, known as the bight, and make a loop.
  2. Take the thinner rope, known as the working end, and thread it through the loop from underneath.
  3. Bring the working end over the top of the bight and then back underneath it.
  4. Take the working end and thread it behind the bight.
  5. Bring the working end up and over the top of the bight, creating a second loop.
  6. Take the working end and thread it through the second loop.
  7. Pull both ends of the ropes to tighten the knot.

Note: The sheet bend is a versatile knot that is used to tie two ropes of different thicknesses together. It is often used in boating and sailing applications to tie sheets (ropes used to control the sails) to cleats or other fixtures on the boat.