Step-by-Step Instructions on How to Tie Knots

by Christina Sloane
Knot tying is essential in sailing and other hobbies.

Knot tying is essential in sailing and other hobbies.

Different kinds of knots have many applications in sewing, camping, sailing and other hobbies. The overhand knot, the most common knot and one of the easiest to tie, can prevent the end of a rope from untwisting and increase grip on a rope; the figure eight knot is an easy-to-untie alternative to the overhand knot; the square knot is used to tie two pieces of rope together; and the clove hitch is used to secure a rope to a post.

Overhand Knot

  1. Form a loop near the end of your rope.

  2. Take the free end of the rope and pass it through the loop to make a pretzel shape.

  3. Pull tightly.

Figure Eight Knot

  1. Hold your rope vertically and make an underhand loop near one end.

  2. Bring the free end around and over the vertical, and pass the end under and through the first loop.

  3. Pull tightly.

Square Knot (Reef Knot)

  1. Pass the right end of the rope over and under the left end.

  2. Bring the two rope ends together.

  3. Pass the left end of the rope over and under the right end.

  4. Pull the ends tight.

Clove Hitch

  1. Loop your rope around a post and hold one end of the rope in each hand.

  2. Cross the right end over the left end to form an "X." Hold the pieces at the top of the "X."

  3. Loosely loop the right end around the post in the same direction as before.

  4. Bring the right end around to the front, and tuck it under the piece of rope that you wrapped around.

Items you will need

  • Two pieces of rope
  • Post

About the Author

Christina Sloane has been writing since 1992. Her work has appeared in several national literary magazines.

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