This knot is used to shorten a rope or bridge a damaged part without cutting the rope. It can be tied in the middle of the rope without needing the ends.

If it is being used to bridge a damaged portion of rope, make sure the damaged part goes through both half hitches ie the damage should be in the centre of the ‘S’.

The sheepshank should be kept in tension – if loosened it may well come undone. To undo, pull the centre section of the ‘S’.

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