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True-Lovers-Knot.jpg
6516 viewsThe true lover's knot is the name for several knots, including the Middleman's knot, Fisherman's knot and Shamrock knot. The most popular version, the Middleman's knot, is actually a bend created by interlacing the loops from opposing overhand knots with the opposite line. This knot is very similar to a two stranded Matthew Walker's knot, the difference being that in Matthew Walker's knot the standing ends and the working ends are on the same sides, and in this knot they are opposed.pydavies
Hitching-Tie-Knot.jpg
84 viewsUse this knot to tie off your stuff sacks and you will always be able to get at your gear quickly. To untie, just pull hard on the free end of the rope and the knot will fall open.

This is also not a strong knotfor climbing or other sports/extreme activities
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Matthew-Walker-Knot.jpg
2629 viewsA Matthew Walker knot is a decorative knot that is used to keep the end of a rope from fraying. It is tied by unraveling the strands of a twisted rope, knotting the strands together, then laying up the strands together again. It may also be tied using several separate cords, in which case it keeps the cords together in a bundle.pydavies
One-Sided-Overhand-Bend.jpg
4032 viewsThe Overhand Bend (EDK, One-sided Overhand bend) is a knot used as a simple method of joining two ropes togetherpydavies
Portugese-Sinnet.jpg
129 viewsCan b eused for shortening a length of rope or used to make a decorative knot for a lanyard like knot.pydavies
Shoelace-knot.jpg
140 viewsShoelaces can be tied with almost any type of knot. The most common bow, however, is a variant on two half knots tied one on top of the other. The second half-knot is looped in order to allow for quick untying.

It's important that the two half knots be performed with opposite orientation in order to produce a reliable knot. A right-over-left half knot followed by a left-over-right half knot (or vice versa) forms a square or reef knot, a fairly effective knot for the purpose of tying shoelaces. However, t
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Square-knot.jpg
2973 viewsThe reef knot or square knot is a common and simple binding knotpydavies
Barrel-Hitch.jpg
4187 viewsThe Barrel Hitch or "Barrel Sling", named for its use in hoisting cargo aboard ships, is a simple yet effective way to suspend an object while keeping it vertical. It works by forming a "sling" around the object, which supports it from either side and underneathpydavies
Blimp-knot.jpg
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bumper-knot.jpg
78 viewsIn fishing, a bumper knot (also known as a bait loop or egg loop) can be used to secure soft or loose bait to a hook.

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Carrick-Mat.jpg
2476 viewsThe Carrick mat is a knot. When woven flat it can be used as a mat or pad - as a hot pad, e.g. The same knot tied the same way, but allowed to form a cylinder around the central opening instead of laying flat, can be used to make a woggle. The carrick mat is one of the easiest to master of the Turks head knots (3 lead x 4 bight).

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Chinese-Button-Knot.jpg
132 viewsDecorative knot that can be used for tying small knots for clothingpydavies
Cow-hitch-Pile-hitch.jpg
81 viewsThe cow hitch is often used to connect loop-ended lanyards to handheld electronic equipment, since it can be tied without access to the ends of the fastening loop.

The pile hitch is a kind of hitch, which is a knot used for attaching rope to a pole or other structure
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diamond-knot.jpg
434 viewsThe diamond knot (or knife lanyard knot) is used as a decoration and joining knot in a cord with a loop such as a Whistle lanyard. This knot is well known to Scout Leaders who have taken a woodbadge course as it is traditionally tied in the beaded thong given to acknowledge the training received.

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Friendship-knot.jpg
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squarereef.jpg
Square Reef Knot3524 viewsUsed to bind a package or bundle. RATKINSON
surgeonsknot.jpg
Surgeon's Knot54 viewsRATKINSON
tarbuckknot.jpg
Tarbuck Knot60 viewsRATKINSON
tautlinehitch2.jpg
Tautline Hitch61 viewsUsed as a hitch, which may be drawn up away from what it is looped around to tighten a line.
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 such as a scout stave. Place rope end around pole, make a turn below it, then bring rope up across the standing part around the pole and tuck through.

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tautlinehitch.jpg
Tautline Hitch51 viewsUsed as a hitch, which may be drawn up away from what it is looped around to tighten a line.RATKINSON
tautlinehitch-rolling.jpg
Tautline Hitch55 viewsUsed as a hitch, which may be drawn up away from what it is looped around to tighten a line.
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timberhitch.jpg
Timber Hitch45 viewsUsed to attach a rope to a log for dragging.
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turksheadknot.jpg
Turks Head Knot122 viewsRATKINSON
zepplinbend.jpg
Zepplin Bend54 viewsRATKINSON
zigzagbraid.jpg
Zig Zag Braid59 viewsRATKINSON
reefknot.jpg
Reef Knot48 viewsRATKINSON
ringknot.jpg
Ring Knot49 viewsThis is one of the best bends a beginner could tie. It is very easy to remember, easy to tie and quite handsome. The ring knot is a bit hard to untie and is a bit bulky, but otherwise a very respectable knot. To tie: Follow the diagrams, which will create two overhand knots interlocked.RATKINSON
rollinghitch.jpg
Rolling Hitch103 viewsRATKINSON
sailorshitch.jpg
Sailor's Hitch37 viewsDraws up without working to form a strong, secure hitch that will not jam. It may be used as a way to tie a smaller rope to a very large rope. (The smaller rope should pull left when tied as shown here.) Push a bight through the final tuck to form a Slipped Sailor's Hitch.RATKINSON
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Sailor's Whipping63 viewsRATKINSON
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