3 Handy Knots You Should Know How To Tie
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!)
When To Use a Bowline Knot: When hanging an item that may be pulled on or that may stress the knot a great deal. Commonly used to hang items like a hammock.
Steps To Tie A Bowline Knot:
- 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 to make tying the knot easier.
- 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
When To Use a Figure Eight Knot: Strong and secure, this “stopper” knot is great for keeping the ends of any rope from fraying. It’s an attractive way to tie the ends of your blind pulls, and it’s also widely used by mountain climbers as a tie-in knot.
Steps To Tie A Figure Eight 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.
When To Use a Square Knot: Commonly used for tying two ropes together to make a longer rope or a pack of items, such as a bundle of wood, for easy carrying.
Steps To Tie A Square Knot:
- 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.
Originally published September 2014.