# How express you tie 2 strings in such a way that it has a loop?

Look at the picture above, when you tie 2 strings together, you create a complete knot like the last third picture. This kind of knot is very hard for you to untie them.

When I tie 2 strings together, I often form a loop like the above picture. This is easier for me to untie them.

Is it correct to say "don't tie the 2 strings absolutely, tie them with a loop so that you can untie them easily"?

Note:

I saw this example in Oxford Dictionary "to tie your shoelaces in a bow".

Similarly, can we say "tie the 2 strings together in a bow"?

However, a bow looks like number 8. But the second picture only shows 1 part of number 8 looking like "o" not "a bow"

• if you wanted to tie two cords of different weight like that, a sheet bend is a better choice than a reef knot Commented Oct 22, 2023 at 7:25
• Your picture looks like the yellow rope is tied into a slipknot, and the white shoelace is just threaded through it, not really part of the knot at all, so if I pulled the white one, it would just come out. Is that correct? are you just asking about the shape of the yellow rope, and not necessarily the white one?
– gotube
Commented Oct 23, 2023 at 7:04
• @gotube, You are right! But, I never know how to tie. Just give it as an example. I just need to know how to say it in everyday ENglish.
– Tom
Commented Oct 23, 2023 at 14:53
• @Tom Great. I've undeleted my answer and added a bit to it
– gotube
Commented Oct 23, 2023 at 19:31

That kind of loop is called a "bow". Bows can be decorative or functional. Most well-known is the bow that is used to tie shoelaces together.

A knot with a bow that comes undone easily is said to be "slipped" so you could call your knot a "singly slipped reef knot".

But all this is for sailors and other people who use lots of knots. For talking to a child you could say "Tie it with a loop, so they can be undone easily", or "Tie it like this...(demonstrate)"

• I saw this example in Oxford Dictionary "to tie your shoelaces in a bow". Similarly, can we say "tie the 2 strings together in a bow"? However, a bow looks like number 8. But my picture only shows 1 part of number 8 looking like "o"
– Tom
Commented Oct 22, 2023 at 11:01
• Yes, hence a "singly slipped (or bowed)" knot. A shoelace is classically tied with a doubly slipped reef knot. Commented Oct 22, 2023 at 11:10
• A chatbot suggest saying "tie the shoelaces in a half-bow". A half-bow is a bow with just 1 loop. Can we say "in a half-bow" like that?
– Tom
Commented Oct 22, 2023 at 12:26
• just as with my expression, this might be useful if you are talking to an expert in knots. But if you are talking to a child, keep it simple. Commented Oct 22, 2023 at 12:30
• To me, a bow always has two loops, and is designed to stay fastened until both are opened.
– gotube
Commented Oct 23, 2023 at 7:01

# slipknot

From Merriam-Webster:

: a knot that slips along the rope or line around which it is made
especially : one made by tying an overhand knot around the standing part of a rope

A "bow" connects two separate strings together, each string tied with a slipknot around the other on top of an overhand knot.