|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.
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 PawThis swivel knot is
frequently used in fishing.
Chain HitchThis self-locking knot
is used for pulling.
Clove Hitch This 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 Bend This 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
Fisherman's Knot This basic clinch
knot is the standard one used by novice anglers.
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 gear.
Larks Head This adjustable knot is used for nooses.
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 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.