Tying the Knot

A masterful knot can turn a simple rope into a multipurpose tool. Fishermen use knots to anchor boats and sometimes to attach bait. Hikers use knots for secure climbing and gear attachment. Scouts frequently learn knot-making as part of survival skills training. Even fashion mavens turn to knots to prepare neckties or fashionable scarves. The guide below explains how to tie 30 popular knots.

  • Blackwall Hitch This half-hitch knot is typically used in boating. It cannot sustain excess weight and is often considered insecure.
  • Bow KnotConsisting of two loops, the bow knot is often used to tie shoes.
  • BowlineAmong the most secure knots, the bowline is quick and easy to execute.
  • Bowline On Bight- This knot is a variation of the standard bowline and consists of two separate knots yoked together. It can bear heavy loads and is often used to hoist people and objects. (Please see the �variations� section of the webpage).
  • Cats PawThis swivel knot is frequently used in fishing.
  • Clove HitchThis fishing knot consists of several rope crosses and cinches.
  • Double Carrick BendThis strong knot locks in place without sliding enabling it to sustain grain pressure.
  • Double Sheet BendThis knot can be used to securely join multiple ropes of different sizes.
  • Figure Eight Knot � This large, sturdy knot consisting of two opposing loops is often used in sailing.
  • Fisherman's Eye: This knot consists of two separate knots which slide together to carry objects. (See bottom of page for diagram). 
  • Fisherman's Knot This basic clinch knot is the standard one used by novice anglers.
  • Granny KnotA granny knot is created with six criss-crosses.
  • Half Hitch Among the most basic knots, this hitch uses a lone loop.
  • Hitching Tie This knot is a variation of the overhand knot and is used to secure hiking gear.
  • Larks HeadThis adjustable knot is used for nooses.
  • Millers KnotOften used to tie bags, this knot is known for its strength and easy construction.
  • Overhand KnotThis knot is often considered a permanent knot and is used for sturdy loops.
  • Rolling HitchThis knot is often used to support a tow line or to tie railing.
  • Sailors Knot This anti-slip knot is simple to create and withstands great pressure.
  • SheepshankThis knot is often used to make ropes shorter.
  • Sheet Bend Based on a series of loops, this knot is a popular Celtic tie.
  • Square Knot  This knot is frequently used to tie kerchiefs and scarves.
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