Friday, May 8, 2009

How to Tie the 10 Most Useful Knots

How-to guide for tying knots. Using different colored ropes when learning the knots is a good idea.

How to Tie the 10 Most Useful Knots



Mother Earth News editors

1: Overhand Knot
2: Figure-eight Know
3: Reef (Square) Knot
4: Sheet (Becket) Bend
5: Carrick Bend
6: Bowline
7: Clove Hitch
8: Timber Hitch
9: Taut-line Hitch
10: Sheepshank

[1] OVERHAND KNOT: This one is easy ... just bitter end over and under the bight. The overhand is used as a temporary stopper to prevent a rope from unraveling or passing through a ring, eye, or pulley. It's also We starting point for other knots, including the reefor square-knot
[2] FIGURE-EIGHT KNOT: The figure eight is a better stopper knot than the overhand, because it's easier to untie after the rope has been pulled tight. Just form a bight with the working end over the standing part ... run the bitter end under the standing part to form a second bight ... then put the bitter end through the first bight. The result looks like a sideways numeral 8.
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