Sheepshank Knot

The sheepshank knot is used to shorten a rope that is fastened at both ends.

  1. Take up the slack.
  2. Make an underhand loop, slide it over the bight, and pull tight. Do the same to the other end to complete the knot.
  3. The sheepshank is only a temporary knot as it stands, but it can be made more permanent by adding a second half hitch to each end.