Or, use a bowline to form a fixed loop in the end of a rope.
These illustrations show how to make a fixed loop bowline.
Begin tying a bowline by forming a loop.
The Bowline is a good choice for tying to objects and animals when reliability is important.
It's the only safe knot to use if you are tying a rope around the neck of a horse.
Use a bowline to fasten a painter to a boat or to tie sheets and halyards to sails or temporarily connect a rode to an anchor, or even to tie to a person in a rescue situation.
The principal advantages of this knot are that with most materials it will not slip, and you can untie it after it's been exposed to a load.
The disadvantage, however, is that you cannot tie or untie it when there is a load upon the rope.
Lay the bight to make a hole
Then under the back and around the pole
Over the top and thru the eye
Cinch it tight and let it lie
Tighten it up.
Note that a bowline can slip slightly and it should always be finished off with two half hitches when it is tied to a person.