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Zig Zag Braid55 viewsRATKINSON
Zepplin Bend50 viewsRATKINSON
Turks Head Knot116 viewsRATKINSON
6491 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
Timber Hitch41 viewsUsed to attach a rope to a log for dragging.
Tautline Hitch57 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.

Tautline Hitch47 viewsUsed as a hitch, which may be drawn up away from what it is looped around to tighten a line.RATKINSON
Tautline Hitch51 viewsUsed as a hitch, which may be drawn up away from what it is looped around to tighten a line.
Tarbuck Knot56 viewsRATKINSON
Surgeon's Knot50 viewsRATKINSON
Square Reef Knot3516 viewsUsed to bind a package or bundle. RATKINSON
2963 viewsThe reef knot or square knot is a common and simple binding knotpydavies
Snuggle Hitch35 viewsRATKINSON
Slipped Sheet Bend25 viewsRATKINSON
125 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
Sheetbend30 viewsUsed to join two ropes together, which may be of unequal thickness. RATKINSON
Sheepshank37 viewsUsed to temporarily shorten a rope, or isolate a weak portion of rope.RATKINSON
Seizing Bend44 viewsRATKINSON
Sailor's Whipping56 viewsRATKINSON
Sailor's Hitch33 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
Rolling Hitch98 viewsRATKINSON
Ring Knot45 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
Reef Knot44 viewsRATKINSON
Prusik Knot24 viewsRATKINSON
Portuguese Bowline121 viewsRATKINSON
122 viewsCan b eused for shortening a length of rope or used to make a decorative knot for a lanyard like knot.pydavies
3864 viewsThe Overhand Bend (EDK, One-sided Overhand bend) is a knot used as a simple method of joining two ropes togetherpydavies
Monkey's Fist61 viewsRATKINSON
Midshipman's Hitch488 viewsRATKINSON
2617 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
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