All Tied Up: How to Make and Use 3 Knots
Knots aren’t just nautical. They’re extremely handy on land, too, whether you’re camping, gardening or just relaxing. Here are three common knots that can make life a knot easier. (We couldn’t resist!)
Uses: Commonly used to hang things, like a hammock. Also used to hang an item that may be pulled on or which the knot might be stressed a great deal.
- Bend the rope to create a loop. On one side of the loop you’ll have a short end (“A”) and on the other side a longer piece (“B”). The “A” end should be about a foot long, but can be longer if you want a larger loop.
- Grasp B and pull it up through the loop from behind.
- Grasp B and cross behind A.
- Grasp B and pull it through the loop from the top.
- Grasp A and B and pull tight in opposite directions.
Figure Eight knot
Uses: Strong and secure, this “stopper” knot is great for keeping the ends of any rope from fraying and is an attractive way to knot the ends of your blind pulls. It’s also widely used by mountain climbers as a tie-in knot.
- Make a loop by crossing A over B and then cross B over A.
- Grasp B and pull it though the loop from behind.
- Grab each end and pull tight.
Uses: Commonly used for tying two ropes together to make a longer rope or around a bundle of wood (or similar pack of items) for easy carrying.
- Cross the red rope over the white rope.
- Continue by crossing white over red, and then red over white.
- Take the white and red ropes at the top and cross red over white.
- Bring the red rope around and under the white.
- Pull the ends to tighten the knot.