Tying a knot is an essential skill for anyone who wants to stay safe while out in the wild. But how do you tie a basic knot like the fisherman’s knot? In this article, we’re going to teach you how to tie the surgeon’s knot – also known as the triple knot.

What is a Surgeon’s Knot?

The Surgeon’s Knot (Triple) is a knot that is often used to secure a rope around a body part. It is also known as the Fisherman’s Knot, and it is one of the simplest knots to tie. The basic steps are: divide the rope into three equal parts, loop one end of each part around the object to be tied, and pull through all of the loops.

How to Tie the Surgeon’s Knot (Triple)?

The Surgeon’s knot is a very secure knot that can be used to anchor ropes, lines, and cables in various situations. It is also known as the triple knot because it can be tied in three different ways. Let’s take a look at each way and how to tie it.

The easiest way to tie the Surgeon’s knot is to start by tying an overhand knot in the rope or line. Then, make a second overhand knot just below the first one. Finally, tie a third overhand knot below the second one.

If you want to make sure that the knots are really secure, you can add a final loop using the same method as before. This loop should be big enough so that it will overlap both of the previous loops. You can then tuck it under the first two loops and pull tight.


  1. Join the ends of the lines that you want to overlap.
  2. With the two lines, make a small loop.
  3. Turn the tag end three times.
  4. You will need to wet the knot before you can cinch it down. To ensure integrity, you will need to pull all four strands together. Test it before you use!

Why Rely on the Surgeon’s Knot?

The surgeon’s knot is one of the most popular and reliable knots for securing a rope around an object. This knot is also known as the triple loop, the carrick bend, or simply the surgeon’s knot. The basic steps for tying the surgeon’s knot are as follows:

  1. Make a loop with one end of the rope.
  2. Make a second loop, slightly larger than the first, by placing the second end of the rope over the first and pulling it through until it is tight.
  3. Cross the first and second loops over each other, forming a triple loop.
  4. Pull on both loops to tighten them.

The Surgeon’s Knot: What’s not to love?

The classic knot that binds the surgeon’s scalpel is the triple loop. It’s a secure knot, with a fair amount of stretch, and can handle a lot of force. Here’s how to tie it:

  1. Take a short length of cord, about 12-14 inches long. This will be your working thread.
  2. Make a loop in the working thread, by bringing it up over your thumb and index finger, then bring it down between your first two fingers. You should now have a small “U” shape.
  3. Pass the “U” under the second strand on the cord from left to right (or right to left if you’re tying from right to left). Now take the “U” and pull it tight, so that it forms a loop. The end of this new loop should be situated just below and to the right of where the original loop started (see diagram).
  4. Make another loop by bringing the working thread up over your thumb and index finger again, then bring it down between your first two fingers. 

The Surgeon’s Knot for Braid and Fluorocarbon

If you are tying a braided line in the surf, or any other situation where you need to make a knot that will not slip, then the Surgeon’s Knot is the knot for you. The knot can be made with a single strand of fluorocarbon, or a three-strand braid. The basic steps for tying the knot are as follows:

Form a loop with the line being tied. Hold the loop with one hand and use your other hand to make a small loop. Make this loop smaller by pulling it tight against the main loop. Now make a second small loop, and tuck it underneath the first one. The finished knot should look like an “S.” Place the ends of the lines next to each other, making sure that they are crossed in the middle. Now pull on both lines at the same time until they are tight. Make sure that both lines cross in the middle again when finished.

What Happens When Surgeon’s Knots FAIL?

If you have ever tried to tie a surgeon’s knot, you know that it can be a bit of a challenge. But what happens if you don’t succeed the first time? In this article, we will explore the consequences of tying a surgeon’s knot incorrectly and how to fix it.

If you fail to tie a surgeon’s knot properly, the cord can become caught on the loop, which can cause severe damage to your neck or chest.

To prevent this from happening, follow these simple steps:

  1. Make a small loop with the cord.
  2. Take the end of the cord and place it inside the loop made in step 1. Hold onto the end of the cord and pull it tight.
  3. Make a second loop with the other end of the cord. This loop should be slightly larger than the first one.
  4. Place the second loop over the first one and hold onto both ends. Pull tight to form a knot.
  5. If necessary, use pliers to tighten the knot even more.

If you have trouble tying a surgeon’s knot correctly, don’t worry! There are other options available to you.


We hope you have found this tutorial on how to tie the surgeon’s knot (triple) helpful. This knot is a great way to secure your bandages and is essential for those who are working with medical professionals or patients in a clinical setting. If you ever find yourself in a similar situation, be sure to know how to tie this knot!


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