How to Tie Knots

Knot tying videos with how-to instructions for all sorts of knots and rope splicings

 

Tying "Knot" Knots

See below for an explaination!


A knot, in the specific sense (as opposed to the general term "knot" used to describe anything formed using rope) is a category of knot who's purpose is to form a bulge in a rope to perform functions such as adding weight to the line for throwing, or to prevent the line from pulling through a block or pulley. This page is looking at the category of knots called, confusingly, Knots! See the Quick Navigation menu below for the other common knot categories.

 

 

Summary: Photos and how-to videos of our favourite knots showing step by step how to tie them.  We'll show you how to tie the Franciscan Monk's Knot, Heaving Line Knot, Blood Knot, etc. 

 

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Knots Listed in Alphabetical Order:

Click the photos for a how-to video knot tying demonstration from the knot tyer's point of view, or to view a large-size photo.

 

Blood Knot - A stopper knot.  Takes longer to tie and untie than the figure-of-eight, but I think it looks nicer.  I use it as a stopper on lines that don't need to be untied often.  It gets its name from its use on the end of cat o' nine tails (I've made a few of them but didn't have them handy at the time of writing so no photos are available)

A knot tying video showing a Blood Knot.

 

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Figure of Eight - A common stopper knot, preventing a rope from passing through a hole or block.

How to tie a Figure of Eight knot.

 

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Heaving Line or Franciscan Monk's Knot - A practical and decorative knot used to add weight to the end of a heaving line or to finish the ends of a Monk's belt rope.

A knot tying video showing how to tie a Heaving Line/Franciscan Monk's knot.

 

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Monkey's Fist - A functional and decorative knot commonly found in heaving lines, sometimes with a stone or ball bearing in the center to give it some weight.  The knot in the photo is  part of a Morning Star that I made 10 or so years ago (used only for beating the dust out of boat carpets!) - it has a golf ball in the center.  I also use them at the end of a buoyant heaving line to give a person in the water something to grip while being dragged along.

A knot tying video showing how to tie a Monkey's Fist.

 

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Stopper Knot - A quick way to form a stopper at the end of a line to prevent it from pulling through a block or other object.

A knot tying video showing a Stopper Knot.

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