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 Knot–Consisting
of two loops, the bow knot is often used to tie shoes.
- Bowline –Among 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 Paw—This swivel
knot is frequently used in fishing.
- Chain Hitch—This
self-locking knot is used for pulling.
- Clove Hitch – This
fishing knot consists of several rope crosses and cinches.
- Double Carrick
Bend—This strong knot locks in place
without sliding enabling it to sustain grain pressure.
- Double Sheet Bend –
This knot can be used to securely join multiple ropes of
- 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
- Granny Knot – A
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
- Larks Head – This adjustable knot is used for
- Millers Knot – Often used to tie bags, this
knot is known for its strength and easy construction.
- Overhand Knot – This knot is often considered
a permanent knot and is used for sturdy loops.
- Rolling Hitch – This 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.
- Sheepshank – This knot is often used to make
- 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.