The rope we commonly use is of a construction known as hawser¬laid. If you hold the rope in front of you, the strands run upward to the right, and are said to be ‘laid right-handed’. Each strand is made of a number of yarns which are laid left·handed. Each yarn is made of fibres, laid right-handed. Just to com¬plete the story, heavy warps are made for ships by laying up three or four hawser¬laid ropes left-handed. The result is then known as Cable-laid.