Sheepshank Knot

The Sheepshank is a method used to "shorten" a rope. It can also be used to take the load off a weak spot in a rope that has been frayed or damaged. This is only a temporary knot and should not be used for purposes such as climbing.


1. Form loops by folding the rope over the section of rope needing repaired in an “S” shape.

2. Now form a small loop on the end of your S and pass the lower end of the S through it.

3. Then perform the same procedure with the other end of the rope, ensuring the right hand side of the rope is on top, and pass the upper loop down through the loop.

4. Pull tight.