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How to Tie Knots

Introduction

If you enjoy fishing or boating, you should know how important it is to be able to tie a good knot. Well, actually this skill can be useful in many situations, especially in emergency ones. For example, you'll need to tie a knot if your car is broken and you are right in the middle of nowhere. It is also very useful for mountaineering, construction, or just for keeping your kids busy. So, let's get started.

Basically, there are 3 types of knots, and each one includes a wide variety of subtypes.

Do's

1

Bends:

  • Backup knot
  • Double fisherman's knot
  • Carrick bend
  • Heaving line knot
  • Sheep shank
  • Square knot
  • Sheet bend
  • Water knot
2

Loop knots

  • Bowline
  • Running bowline
  • Yosemite bowline
  • Bowline on a bight
  • Better bow knot
  • Figure eight
  • Butterfly knot
  • Honda knot
  • Slippery eight loop
3

Hitches

  • Trucker's hitch
  • Timber hitch
  • Buntline hitch
  • Girth hitch
  • Cow hitch
  • Klemheist knot
  • Munter hitch
  • Mooring hitch
  • Slippery hitch

These 3 types vary in terms of usage. Thus, bends are used to tie 2 or more ropes (or whatever you tie) together; loop knots create a closed circle in a line; and finally, hitches are used to tie a rope to another object. Now, let's check how to tie several types of knots from the list above.

Double Fisherman's Knot

The first knot we'll try to tie is a bend one. It's called Double Fisherman's Knot. It's very useful for mountaineering and rock climbing, for example when you need to tie yourself up to a rope. Let's imagine that you have one rope tied around your wrist, and another one hanging on the wall. Grab the 2 ends of the ropes and wrap the end that belongs to a rope that is tied up around you over around the rope that goes up to the wall. Now, you have one full loop. The next thing you want to do is take the remaining short end of a rope and wrap a second loop under the first one. Then, pass the very end of the rope up through the both loops, and pull that really nice and tight. You're done!

Figure Eight

Another type of knots we're going to tie is called Figure Eight. This knot belongs to the loop knots and is considered to be classical. It's widely used by fishermen, sailors, etc. So, grab your rope, wrap it over, and pull the left end under the right one to cross it back under and create a loop. Now it looks like a figure 8, or even more like &. Take the bottom end and come back over the upper loop. If you've done everything right, you can see that nice 8-shaped knot as you tie it.

Slippery Hitch Knot

The last knot you want to tie is the so-called Slippery Hitch Knot. As the name suggests, this one belongs to hitches and is one of very basic hitch knots. It's a good option to use when you want to bundle something together. Make a loop in your piece of rope, take bite which is a bend in your rope, and pull it through the loop.

Don'ts

Don't make it too loose

Don't make the Double Fisherman's knot too loose. This type of knot prevents you from falling, so make sure you tightened it up really nice.

Don't miss the steps!

Be really careful and attentive and make sure you follow the guidelines properly. Tying a knot is not a rocket science, but you can screw everything up if miss one single step.

Don't use thin ropes for heavy objects

It could be untied under a heavy weight

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Conclusion

As unbelievable as it may sound, ropes and knots are still important in our era of GPS navigators, automotive manufacturing and smartphones. The more types of ropes you know the more problems can be solved in the future.

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