How to Tie Types of Knots

by Scott Damon
Learning to tie different types of knots can be useful in everyday life.

Learning to tie different types of knots can be useful in everyday life.

Whether it be tying shoes, fastening clothing or securing equipment, knots play a significant role in our daily lives. Learning how to tie different knots can aid you in activities such as camping, boating or fishing, among others. Practice tying different types of knots so that you will know how to safely secure objects while participating in outdoor sports or in your regular daily life.

Square Knot

1.

Grab two pieces of rope that are of equal length. Call them rope A and B. Rope A will be in your left hand, and rope B in your right hand.

2.

Cross rope A over rope B. The two ropes should be in the shape of an "X" at this point.

3.

Loop rope A under rope B. At this point rope B will be in your left hand, and rope A in your right hand.

4.

Cross rope A over rope B. You will be making a second "X" in the same manner you made the first.

5.

Loop rope B under rope A. You should now have two knots that look similar; one on top of the other.

6.

Pull rope A and rope B until the knot is completely tight.

Overhand Knot

1.

Start with a single piece of rope.

2.

Form the letter "P" at one end of the rope. Essentially you are creating a loop with a little extra slack.

3.

Pull the extra slack up through the loop and pull until tight. This knot is ideal for tying off ends of rope.

Figure 8 Knot

1.

Start with a single piece of rope.

2.

Form the rope into a "Figure 8." To accomplish this, grab one end of the rope with several inches of slack. Create a loop by crossing the end under the rope. This will be the top of the "8." Allowing some slack for the bottom of the "8," cross the end of the rope over the bottom of the first loop. This will give you an "8" shape.

3.

Place the end of the rope through the underside of the first loop and pull until tight.

Bow Knot

1.

Start with two pieces of rope or string. Call them rope A and rope B. Cross rope A over rope B. You should now have an "X" shape.

2.

Move rope A under rope B, and then over rope B so the two are now intertwined.

3.

Form a loop with the remaining slack on rope A. At this point rope A will be in your right hand and rope B in your left hand.

4.

Wrap rope B around the base of the loop on Rope A. You have now created a new hole at the base of the first loop.

5.

Transition rope B from your left hand, through the new hole, to your right hand. Your right hand should grab the mid-point of rope B and make another loop. Simultaneously, rope A will transition to your left hand. At this point you will have two loops. Pull both loops until the knot is tight.

Items you will need

  • Two pieces of string or rope

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