Appendix:Parts of the knot
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bight The center part of a length of rope, string, or yarn as opposed to the ends.
"bight" is any curved section, slack part, or loop between the ends of a rope. The phrase
"in the bight" implies a U-shaped section of rope is itself being used in making a knot. Many knots can be tied either with the end or in the bight.
bitter end More a ropeworker's term than a knot term, the reference is to the end of a rope that is tied off, hence the expression "to the bitter end". A
bitt is a metal block with a crosspin used for tying lines to, found on docks.
loop A full circle formed by passing the working end over itself. Note that the term 'loop' is also used to refer to a category of knots (see 'Categories' below).
elbow Two crossing points created by an extra twist in a loop.
standing end The end of the rope not involved in making the knot, often shown as unfinished.
standing part Section of line between knot and the standing end.
, turn single turn
A single pass behind or through an object.
is the complete encirclement of an object; requires two passes. round turn
Two circle the object twice and require three passes. round turns
working end The active end of a line used in making the knot. May also be called the 'running end' or 'live end'.
working part Section of line between knot and the working end.