|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
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
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 for diagram).
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
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.