Eight Knot] [Fisherman's
Bowline Knot is one of the most used loop knots. This variant is
most used in the world. Probably due to its simplicity, security, and
its relationship with the Sheet bend.
If the loop is expected to be heavily loaded, the bowline is, in fact, not secure enough. There is a rule of thumb which states that the loose end should be as long as 12 times the circumference for the sake of safety.
In the same way that a Left Handed Sheet bend is a Sheet bend that has the running end of the rope coming out of the wrong side of the knot, a cowboy bowline is a bowline that also has the running end of the rope coming out of the wrong side of the knot. It suffers the same problems as the left handed sheet bend.
Don't be afraid to use this knot to form a loop of any size in rope.
For added security, finish the knot with a stop knot such as a figure eight knot to remove any possibility of the Bowline slipping.
can use this knot to put your hammock up.
1. Make the overhand loop with the end held toward you, then pass end through loop.
2. Now pass end up behind the standing part, then down through the loop again.
3. Draw up tight.
can use this knot to attach a rope to a pole,
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This knot is the "general utility" hitch for when you need a quick, simple method of fastening a rope around a post, spar or stake.
Her's how you tie a Clove Hitch:
1. Make a turn with the rope around the object and over itself.
2. Take a second turn with the rope around the object.
Pull the end up under the second turn so it is between the rope and the object. Tighten by pulling on both ends.
If you are in a situation where the clove hitch may unroll, add a couple of half hitches with the running end to the standing end of the knot, turning it into a "Clove Hitch and Two Half Hitches"!
pioneering, use the Round
turn and two half hitches to start and
finish your lashings instead of the Clove Hitch.
useful "STOP" knot to temporarily bulk out the end of a
rope or cord
There is NO animation of this knot
1. Make underhand loop, bringing end around and over the standing part.
2. Pass end under, then up through the loop.
3. Draw up tight.
Fisherman's knot is used to tie two ropes
In other cases, use a method of bending two ropes together, such as a Sheetbend, a Double Sheetbend
It is used by fishermen to join fishing line, and is very effective with small diameter strings and twines.
a Thumb knot,
in the running end of the first rope around the second rope. Then
tie a thumb knot in the second rope, around the first rope. Note the
Thumb knots are tied such they lie snugly against each other when the
standing ends are pulled.
The Lark's head knot is used to LOOSELY attach a rope to a pole or ring
knot has two redeeming features, it is easy to tie, and it does not jam.
is a knot to be avoided when a secure attachment is required.
excellent general purpose knot for tying two pieces of string or
twine together, the reef knot is possibly the most commonly used knot
for the job, and is easy to learn. However, it cannot be overly
stressed that the Reef knot is not a long term or secure knot, and it
should only be used to finish parcels or bindings. In other cases,
use a more secure method of bending two ropes together, such as a Sheetbend,
Sheetbend, or a Fisherman's
Unfortunately, the Reef knot can easily change into a slipping Lark's Head , so it should never be used where life or limb are at risk.
Holding one end of each rope in each hand, pass the left rope over the right, and tuck under. Then pass the same rope, now in the right hand, over the left rope, and tuck under.
A common to chant "Left over Right and Under, Right over Left and Under" when tying the knot. (This can also be performed as "Right over Left and Under, Left over Right and Under".)
reef knot can easily be undone by gripping one loose end, and
pulling it back over the knot, in the opposite direction, thus
straightening the rope which is pulled.
The knot gets its name from its use on sailing ships, when the sails were "reefed" - rolled up and tied to the cross spar with a reef knot. To release the sail, the sailors would climb the rigging, and work their way along the cross spar, pulling the top end of the reef knot down. They only had to use one hand, holding on with the other. The weight of the sail would cause the reef knot to slip, and the sail would be released.
If you want to tie two ropes together of similar thickness then never use a Reef knot. Only use it with string and twine when tying parcels, whippings and bindings.
use this knot to join ropes of two different thicknesses.
Taut line Hitch or
This hitch is really just an adjustable loop used for non-critical applications where you need to adjust the size of a loop to apply tension to guy lines, like on your tent.
This hitch is used to attach one rope to a second, in such a manner that the first rope can be easily slid along the second.
The knot can be considered a Clove hitch with an additional turn.
When tension is applied and the ropes form a straight line, the rolling hitch will lock onto the first rope. When the tension is released, the hitch can be loosened and slid along the first rope to a new location.
The tension must be applied on the side of the knot with the extra turn.
this knot if you have a guy rope with no adjuster.
adjustments are complete, lock the rolling hitch into place by using
a stop knot such as a figure
eight in the first rope, below the
Rolling hitch, to stop it slipping.
Since it will only slide one way, the Taut-line hitch is often used on tent ropes. The taut-line hitch will hold firmly on a smooth pole. Place rope end around pole, make a turn below it, then bring rope up across the standing part around the pole and tuck through.
knot must be drawn up very snugly to work, and may not work at all
on especially stiff or slippery rope.
Round turn and two half hitches
to secure a rope to a pole, or to start or finish a lashing. Pass
the running end of the rope over the pole twice. Then pass the
running end over the standing part of rope, and tuck it back up and
under itself, forming a half hitch. Repeat this for a second half hitch.
it rarely jams!
to a Clove hitch
for starting and finishing a lashing as the half hitches prevent this
knot from unrolling, as they have the effect of locking the knot. The
Clove hitch looks neater but it
has a tendency to unroll, and can be difficult to tie tightly when
Sheepshank is a shortening knot, which enables a rope to be
Use up to five half hitches each end of the Sheepshank to make the knot more secure, and for fine tuning the shortening.
to refrain from cutting ropes to shorten them!
Sheetbend is commonly used to tie two ropes of unequal thickness
together. The thicker rope of the two is used to form a bight, and
the thinner rope is passed up through the bight, around the back of
the bight, and then tucked under itself.
knot should be tied with both ends coming off the same side of the
bend, as illustrated here. However it can easily be accidentally tied
with the ends coming off opposite sides of the bend, when it is known
as the Left
Handed Sheet Bend.
the ropes are of very unequal thickness, or placed under a lot of tension,
Double Sheet Bend
Double Sheetbend is a more secure form of the Sheetbend.
The thicker rope of the two is used to form a bight, and the thinner rope is passed up through the bight, around the back of the bight, around again before tucking under itself.
is particularly useful when the thickness of the two ropes varies
considerably, or when a more secure Sheetbend is required.
Left Handed Sheet Bend
knot is a wrongly tied Sheetbend,
a very easy mistake to make.
is the simplest knot of all.
Thumbknot jams easily so it is far better to use a figure
eight knot to stop the end of a fraying rope.
to attach a rope to a log, or where security is not an issue.
useful knot around camp, the timber hitch will allow you to haul
logs, timbers, pipe, and other cumbersome objects. You can count on
this knot to never jam or slip. It's a good idea to complete this
hitch with a half-hitch at the hauling end so the load won't twist.
When you need a loop in the middle of a rope that will not slip you will find this knot useful. You can create multiple hand or foot holds along a long rope or even place loops in your fishing line. This knot will never jam no matter what direction the load comes from.
Bight, Loop, Overhand
Bend - A bend is used to tie two ropes together, as in the Sheetbend. Technically, even the Reef knot is a bend.
Bight a semi-circle of rope where the rope does not cross itself; also the part of the rope between the standing part and the end that can be used in tying the knot
Bight can have two meanings:
-- The main part of the rope from the running end to the standing end Also known as Standing Part
-- Where the rope is bent back to form a loop. An open curve in a line
Bitter End - The end of the line that you work with in tying knots. Also known as Running End
Dress - to remove slack in the knot by drawing up the knot neatly; to make sure the knot is tied correctly, that all parts are where they should be.
Friction Hitch - a knot tied directly to the standing part, another rope, or a cylindrical object that is adjustable (can be slid) when the knot itself is grabbed and moved, but otherwise stays put (from friction) when the load is on the standing part
Hitch - a knot that attaches a rope directly to an object
A hitch is used to tie a rope to a spar, ring or post, such as the Clove hitch. Hitches can also be used to tie one rope ONTO another rope, as in the Rolling hitch.
Jam - when the knot tightens under tension and you cannot get it undone!
Knot - Strictly speaking, a knot is tied in the end of a line as a stopper, such as the Thumb knot or figure eight knot.
Loop (sometimes called an EYE) - when a bight is closed (that is, when it crosses the line).
a circle of rope in which the rope crosses itself
Overhand Loop - a loop passing over the standing part.
Running End - the end of the rope that is being used to tie the knot. Also known as Bitter End
Set - to fully tighten a knot by pulling on all parts
Slip - to use a bight of rope instead of the end when finishing tying a knot; used to make untying a knot easier
Standing End - the static end of the rope.
Standing Part - The main length of line. Also referred to as The Bight
the part of the rope not used in the knot itself
Stopper knots are used to stop the end of a rope fraying, or to stop it running through a small hole or constriction.
Twist - sort of self explanatory: the line is twisted around another.
Underhand Loop - a loop passing under the standing part.
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