Shroud knot

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Shroud knot
Typical usejoining two ends of rope
Caveatless secure than a full splice

The shroud knot is a multi-strand bend knot used to join two ends of laid (or twisted) rope together.

Shroud knots, in general, are a class of knots in which the individual strands of laid rope are knotted, but not woven, to the individual strands of another laid rope. This makes them more secure than a simple bend but less secure than a full splice; however, they use less rope than a full splice would. The most common form of shroud knot involves two interlocking wall knots.[1]

The name "shroud knot" refers to the shrouds connected to a ship's mast.[2] If a shroud was shot through, the shroud knot provided a way to quickly repair it using minimal rope. As modern ships now use steel cable for the most part, the knots are now more often used decoratively than functionally.[1]

Several types of shroud knots (two simple and two double ones)


  1. ^ a b Blandford, Percy W. (11 June 2012). Practical Knots and Ropework. Dover Publications. ISBN 9780486148656. Retrieved 17 February 2023.
  2. ^ Gibson, Charles (1996). Handbook of Knots and Splices, and Other Work with Hempen and Wire Ropes. Barnes & Noble Books. ISBN 9781566197717. Retrieved 17 February 2023.

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