How to Tie Knots - A Simple Guide

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Tying a Knot

The ability to tie various knots is a useful skill to have in the home, garden, when fishing, camping or taking part in other outdoor activities. You may have learned how to tie knots in the Scouts, Girl Guides or at summer camp, but by this stage the steps involved in tying them may be a dim distant memory! There are probably 50 or more types, however this guide concentrates on four useful knots and how to tie them.

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Overhand Knot

If someone asks you to tie a knot, this is probably what you would tie. An overhand knot can slip though, especially if the cord/rope is made from low friction slippery material. Therefore it can become undone and is unsuitable and potentially dangerous in many applications.


The Photos

Ignore the pins in the photos which I used to hold the cords in position. I only had two hands to operate the camera and needed some assistance!


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Figure of Eight Knot

A figure of eight knot is much more secure than an overhand knot and less likely to become undone.
A figure of eight knot is useful for stopping a rope pulling through a hole, eg the starter cord on the pull grip on a lawnmower.

Make a loop
Make a loop | Source
Put a twist in the loop
Put a twist in the loop | Source
Take the end of the cord around the back
Take the end of the cord around the back | Source
Thread the end of the cord through the loop
Thread the end of the cord through the loop | Source
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Reef or Square Knot

A reef or square knot is useful for joining two ropes together. However it is only reliable and safe if the two ropes are of similar diameter.
To tie the knot, remember "right over left and under, then left over right and under" as described in the photos below.

Right (blue) over left
Right (blue) over left | Source
.........and under
.........and under | Source
Left ( now blue) over right
Left ( now blue) over right | Source
....and under
....and under | Source
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Sheet Bend Knot

A sheet bend knot is safer than a reef knot for joining together two ropes or cords of differing diameter.

Thread the smaller diameter cord through as shown
Thread the smaller diameter cord through as shown | Source
Take the small diameter cord around the back
Take the small diameter cord around the back | Source
.......and then feed it back
.......and then feed it back | Source
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Bowline

A bowline knot can be used to create a loop at the end of the cable. The loop doesn't pull tight when tension is put on the rope. A variation of this is the "bowline-on-a-bight" which is tied in the same way but the rope is doubled over initially. This results in two loops and can be used for hauling up something from the ground.

Make a loop
Make a loop | Source
Feed the end of the cord through the loop
Feed the end of the cord through the loop | Source
...around and back into the loop
...around and back into the loop | Source
Finished bowline
Finished bowline | Source

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forall 4 years ago

Great hub. I like the tips you shared. Well explaining pictures. Voted up, interesting and useful.


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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

I have always wondered how some of these knots were made, and what they were called! I wasn't lucky enough to be in a scouting program, so this was very interesting to read. Thanks! Voted up!


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eugbug 4 years ago from Ireland Author

Thanks Marcy and forall. I had sort of forgotten how to tie the sheet bend and had to look up my "Ladybird" book on knots which I got when I was 11. I knew it would come in handy someday!


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moonlake 3 years ago from America

Very good information. Your pictures are great they really help. Voted up and Shared.


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eugbug 3 years ago from Ireland Author

Glad you liked this moonlake! Thanks for the comments!


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Angelo52 3 years ago from Central Florida

Nice articles on tying these knots. The photo step-by-step was very useful. Voted up and sharing.


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eugbug 3 years ago from Ireland Author

Thanks Angelo! Glad it was of use!


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Patsybell 3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

I really like this hub. I can use several of these knots in the garden. Your photos are very helpful. Voted up and useful. I like your style.


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eugbug 3 years ago from Ireland Author

Hi Patsy. Thanks for the kind comments and glad you found it useful!


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tsadjatko 3 years ago from maybe (the guy or girl) next door

I'm knot getting it. Do you have more detailed instructions? :-)

Voted Uop, useful, interesting and depending on your reply maybe Funny.


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eugbug 3 years ago from Ireland Author

I can knot believe they were knot detailed enough!

Thank you for the comments!


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MomsTreasureChest 3 years ago

Great hub with terrific how to instructions, thanks for sharing!


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eugbug 3 years ago from Ireland Author

Thanks a lot for the comments. Glad you liked it!


saji 2 years ago

it is nice

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