This guide to knots should get you started, although the best way to
learn how to tie a knot is to do it whilst someone shows you. Hover
over the names of each knot to see the knot on the right, or
hover here to see an animation
on how to tie a friendship knot.
knot - A common and well known knot used for joining two ropes.
- A surprisingly common poor knot which slips easily.
Bend - Used for joining two ropes of very different diameter, or a rope
to a hook.
of eight - Used as a stop knot, turned in the end of a sheet.
Hitch - Useful as the start of a lashing or as a temporary mooring.
shank - Used to temporarily shorten a rope.
turn and two half hitches - Similar to a clove hitch but less likely to
- A very useful and common knot which forms a loop that can not slip.
- A great knot to tie if you lose your woggle.
and hank - how to organise rope when you have finished with it
figure of eight - Useful for attaching ropes around large anchor points
Chair - Used to manoevre a potentially unconscious person on a rope.
Hitch - Used to attach a line to a stave or another rope.
Hitch - Useful when hoisting or dragging a piece of timber.
Lashing - Useful for making rafts where two staves meet at right-angles.
Lashing - Useful for joining two staves in line eg for a makeshift flagpole.
whipping - can be made anywhere in a length of rope, often to secure an
splice - Used to make a permanent 'eye' hole in the rope
splice - Used to join two identical sized pieces of rope permanently
makers whipping - Often used to prevent the ends of a rope from fraying.
of Eight Lashing
A Knot Board
The ultimate in knot proficiency is to create a knot board that clearly shows and names the knots that can be tied, as instruction for others
Clara's amazing knot board, made for her personal challenge
Check out Grog's
fantastic animated website of knots or our own animated
friendship knot tying instructions.
A guide to starting knots
is also available here, and
Knot To Do iPhone app is your pocket guide on your iPhone to 70
must know knots in six categories. With this free app you'll always
have just the right knot at the ready, with clear step-by-step tying
instructions to meet any and every outdoor need.