6 Knots Every Person Should Know

 

Knots may not come across as an appealing skill to many. Often learned as a part of scout groups, the skills lie dusty in the memory until, of course, you are an avid camper.

But tying a knot is a universal skill that finds its applicability in all walks of life. The wise recognize them, whereas the ignorant chooses one fit for all. Learning how to tie knots will help you know where to use which kind of knot to make your life simpler.

A knot is supposed to be strong and hold its position, but also, depending on the situation, it should be able to be untied easily. Hence, learning multiple knots and their uses makes you choose one that fits best with the situation at hand.

Square Knot/ Reef Knot

How To Tie It:  

  1. Lay two ropes side by side.
  2. Cross one of the ropes over the other, loop it and draw it back.
  3. Repeat the same process once more with the other rope.
  4. Make sure that both the ends of the rope are on the same side.

Where To Use It: 

This is a sturdy knot that can hold things tightly in one place. You can also use it to make a rope longer. Remember, the thinner the rope, the more difficult it is to untie the square knot. It gets its name as the knot ties down the sails (reef) to decrease the resistance against the winds.

Bowline

How To Tie It:

  1. Lay the rope and make a small loop on the top side.
  2. Draw the lower end of the string through the loop upwards and cross it over the thread.
  3. Pull down the end through the loop again and tighten it.

Where To Use It: 

It is secure but at the same time can be undone easily. But the rope cannot hold weight while you make the knot. Hence, it is perfect to create a loop at the end.

Water Knot

How To Tie It:

  1. Take a rope, cross it over itself and draw the end from the loop outside. Don’t fasten the loop.
  2. Take another rope, and follow the first rope from the leading end to the other.
  3. Fasten the knot by pulling both the string ends.

Where To Use It: 

It is a strong knot and is used to tie together robes.  

Fishermans Knot

How To Tie It:

  1. Take two ropes of similar diameter.
  2. With one of the ropes, make a loop over the other, pull the rope through the loop, and tighten it.
  3. Use the end of the other rope near the knot, and repeat the above process.
  4. Now pull strings such that the knots lie close to each other and trim the ends. To make it more secure, wrap the ends along the rope.

Where To Use It: 

Perfect for your fishing expeditions! It can also be used to tie two strings or for climbing purposes.

Taut Line Hitch 

How To Tie It:

  1. Loop the rope firmly around a firm object.
  2. Wrap the string around the rope twice.
  3. Draw the string from over the loop and then wrap around the string once more.
  4. Pull the end of the rope through the tiny loop created in the end.

Where To Use It: 

It is perfect for tying things to a firm object, like tying a hammock or a swing from the tree. 

Clove Hitch

How To Tie It:

  1. Loop the thread around a substance (works best for cylindrical objects), pull the cord out, and cross it over the starting part of the thread.
  2. Loop it again from the other end and draw the string.
  3. Pull the end under the thread and then fasten it.

Where To Use It: 

It is best for hanging stuff like those snowflakes’ cutout, fairytale lights, or even a welcome sign on your doorpost. Secure the thing with a clove knot and tie both ends together with some firm knot.

Conclusion

You never know when you might need to show your expertise in tying a knot. Be it to remove the logs from the backyard or drag a Christmas tree, pull someone up, or hang some plants, knowing a knot or two never disappoints.