How to Tie Basic Knots

CraigHardy

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Adjustable Bend

This is another knot that connects two ropes, but it's somewhat different than the others I've already shown you. If you tie this knot, but keep each one apart from the other, they'll act as sort of a cushion. While under light load, the knots will stay separated, but if the load suddenly becomes heavier, the knots will slide toward one another, reducing the strain of the rest of the rope.

It's sort of confusing to tie this knot for the first time, but it gets easier with every subsequent effort. The confusion stems from tying the second rope, but I'll make that easier when I explain it below. Here goes.

Start by lying the ends of both ropes in parallel with one another, but end to end. Give yourself about a foot and a half of overlap with each rope. Then, bend one of the ropes and feed it over and then under the other rope. After that, feed it under the other rope two more times. And finally, feed it under itself. Take a look.

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Next, take that working end and feed it over itself and through the last wrap you made earlier.

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There's your first knot. All you need to do is dress it. Pull the ends (in this case, the orange rope) tight and fix it so it looks pretty.

This is where things get slightly confusing. To continue on, pick your ropes up and flip them over, end to end. So, in my case, I flipped my orange rope so it changed from coming in from the right side to coming in from the left side and then I did the same with the black rope. That one originally came in from the left side, so I flipped it so it came in from the right side.

After that, all you need to do is tie the identical knot as you just did, but with the other rope. Here is the beginning of my effort.

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After I had the second knot tied, I tightened it and dressed it nicely. And that was it.

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CraigHardy

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Hunter's Bend

They say this knot is related to the zeppelin. I'll admit that it does sort of look like it. Both knots hold together very well and they connect two ropes with great strength. I think this one's a bit more difficult to tie though. You be the judge.

To tie this knot, take two ropes and lie them down, end to end, opposing one another.

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Then, make a loop like I did below, making sure to keep both ropes parallel.

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After that, take the working end of the left (orange) rope and feed it underneath both ropes and through the loop. Continue on out of the loop after that.

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Then, feed the other rope's (black) working end through the loop, but this time take it above the loop first and then under and out.

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To finish up, very carefully take both ends of each rope and pull away from one another. You'll need to switch between ropes as you do this to keep things neat.

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And there you have the Hunter's Bend!
 

CraigHardy

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Surgeon's Knot

Here's another great knot that binds two ropes together. It's good with synthetic rope, or any type of rope for that matter. Once tied, it does take some pulling on the standing parts to fully tighten the knot, but that's not a problem if you've got the room.

To tie this knot, the the ends of both ropes and give them two wraps around one another.

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Next, take the working ends and tie an overhand knot, but be sure to follow the example in the photo below. You need each working end to feed over or under in a specific way.

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Finally, pull the standing parts of the rope away from one another. The knot should tighten well. You'll find that this one is quite strong. The more you pull it, the more this becomes apparent.

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CraigHardy

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Harness Bend

This is a great knot that binds two ropes together. It's perfect for not only rope, but for leather straps, nylon tie down straps, and light wire. This is a knot you might want o consider when tying down a load in the back of a pickup truck or trailer. It's got many uses.

To tie this knot, lay down two ropes in parallel fashion, overlapping end to end. Then, take the working end of one rope and feed it under the working end of the other rope and then back over the top of the other rope.

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After that, take the same rope (orange) and feed it under itself and then over the working end of the other rope (black) again.

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Next, take the working end of the other rope (black) and feed it under the standing part of the first rope (orange).

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And then feed it up and over the first rope and through the loop that it creates.

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And that's it! Pull gently on the working ends and the standing parts of both ropes to tighten and you've got yourself a Harness Bend.

Here are two photos, one of the top of this knot and one of the bottom.

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CraigHardy

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Double Harness Bend with Parallel Ends

This is another bend that (by definition) ties two ropes together. This is somewhat of a symmetrical knot as it's being tied, but after it's been tightened, it has a tendency to lose its symmetrical-ness. Either way, it holds the two ropes rather well. Let's get tying it.

To tie this knot, I placed both the orange and black rope down, with the black rope overlapping the orange.

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After that, I took the working end of the orange rope and up and over the black rope, under itself, and then over the working end of the black rope.

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They say you should take both rope and flip them over, end to end, and then continue tying the knot. I think it's much more practical to simply follow what I did below. Basically, I tied the identical knot with the black rope, but opposite. I took the working end of the black rope and fed it over and then under the standing part of the orange rope and then under itself and then over the orange. I know it sounds confusing, but if you look at the photo, it'll make sense. It's actually pretty easy.

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To tighten the knot, I simply pulled on both working ends and standing ends. Once snug, I pulled tighter to set the knot. And that's all it took to tie this one!

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CraigHardy

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Strop Bend

This is a fun knot that I've been trying since I was a kid. There's no right or wrong way to tie this one. If it gets done, it gets done. Just know that it's as secure as the strength of the rope that's used. If the rope breaks, obviously the knot will come loose and the two ropes will separate, but if the rope is strong, then there's no way it's going to come undone. This is a great knot to use when combining two ropes that have been tied to form loops.

To tie this knot, first overlap the two bends of two ropes.

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Next, take the working bend and flip it up and over itself.

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Then, take the standing part and feed it through the working bend.

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I know the above two photos look alike, but if you inspect them carefully, you'll see that in the first photo, the working bend is above the standing part and in the second photo, it's beneath it.

Finally, pull the standing part until the working bend is tight. Then dress the knot so it looks like the one below. And that's it!

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CraigHardy

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Carrick Bend (Ends Opposed)

This is another great knot that holds two ropes together. I actually really like this one. It's good looking when tied and does an excellent job of keeping the ropes together. This is a popular knot that they say is displayed in Ireland. Wherever it came from, I like it.

I was going to give step by step instructions for this one, but since it's so easy to put together, I decided to include only two photos. Take a look at this first one. Basically, all I did was make a bend with the orange rope and then a fed the black rope over the orange rope's bend, under its standing part, over its working end, under one side of the bend, over itself, and then under the other side of the orange bend. To tie this one, simply follow the pattern below.

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And when that's completed, pull all of the ends and dress the knot so it looks like this.

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CraigHardy

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Carrick Bend (Ends Adjacent)

This is the same knot as above, but with the ends on the same side as opposed to the opposite sides. All else applies. To tie this knot, I first made a bend with the orange rope and then fed the black rope underneath both sides of it.

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Next, I continued to feed the working end of the black rope over the working end of the orange rope and underneath the standing part of the orange rope.

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After that, I kept feeding the working end of the black rope through the orange rope. I went up and over the top part of the bend in the orange rope, under the standing part of the black rope and then back up and over the bottom part of the orange rope.

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To tighten the knot, I pulled both the standing parts as well as the working ends. I made sure to keep the rope looking neat.

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And finally, to set the knot, I pulled harder on the standing ends of both ropes.

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CraigHardy

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Vice Versa

What an awesome knot. I really like this one. Upon first glance, I thought I'd have some trouble tying it, but it was no trouble at all. It was actually very easy and quite satisfying. What I like most about this one is the strength of it and the way it sits so neatly. I hear that you can tie two pieces of wet material such as leather with this knot and they won't slide away from one another. Take a look at the finished product and I think you'll see why. Lots of bends and turns in there.

To tie this knot, I first placed two ends of two ropes opposite one another. Then, I took the working end of the black rope and fed it under the orange rope. Then I continued to feed the black rope over the orange and then under itself, creating a bend.

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Next, I took the working end of the orange rope and fed it over the black rope and then under it.

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To make both ropes symmetrical, I continued to feed the orange rope up and over itself and the black rope and then I went under the working end of the black rope.

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To finish this knot up, I took the working end of the black rope and fed it under and through the orange bend. Then, I took the working end of the orange rope again fed it through the bend in the black rope.

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To tighten the bend, I simply pulled the standing parts of both ropes. I dressed the knot and that was it. Beautiful.

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CraigHardy

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Single & Double Sheet Bend

They say this knot isn't meant to be used under loads because it's unreliable. I have to trust this, since I've never actually used it. I did, however, tie it and it seemed to be okay. I guess the problem lies with the fact that the larger rope doesn't actually have a knot tied in it. It's merely folded over, which can cause it to roll out. That seems to be an issue. So take this knot with a grain of salt and don't use it for anything that matters.

To tie this knot, I made a bight in the end of my larger braided cotton rope and then fed the working end of my orange rope under the bight.

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Next, I took the working end of my orange rope and fed it up and around the bight of the larger rope. Then, I fed it under itself.

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To tighten this knot, I simply pulled on the standing part of the orange rope.

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Now, if I wanted to make this bend slightly stronger and able to handle more weight, I'd add another wrap to it before I pulled it tight, like in the photo below.

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CraigHardy

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One-Way Sheet Bend

Have you ever wanted to pull another rope, wire, or something else through a pipe? Or perhaps tie a strap down on the back of a pickup truck? Have you ever wondered how to tie the knot that would accomplish something like this? Well, this is the one. It's a simple knot (or bend) and it's very similar to the two sheet bends directly above. Check it out.

To tie this knot, I made a bight in the white rope (the rope that needs to be pulled through or tied down) and then fed the working end of the orange rope under and around the white.

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Next, I took the working end of the orange rope and fed it under itself.

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And finally, I took the working end of the orange rope and wrapped it around itself and then through its own loop. To tighten, I pulled both ends of the orange rope.

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CraigHardy

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Heaving Line Bend

This isn't a bend that's meant to hold a lot of weight. If you're an arborist, you might want to use this knot when attaching your climbing line to your throw ball line. This would be perfect for that. Otherwise, use this with caution as the bend may come apart on you.

To tie this knot, I made a bight in my larger white rope. Then, I placed the working end of my orange rope over that bight.

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Next, I fed the working end of my orange rope over and then around and under the standing part of the white rope. I continued to feed the working end of the orange rope over itself.

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After that, I fed the working end of the orange rope under the working end of the white rope.

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And finally, I brought the working end of the orange rope up and around the working end of the white rope and then through the loop I created earlier in the orange rope.

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To tighten this bend, I simply pulled on both ends of the orange rope and dressed the knot. Here's another view of this bend when it's tightened and flipped over.

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CraigHardy

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Racking Bend

This bend is intended to hold different sized ropes together. It doesn't matter what sized ropes they are, as long as one is large and one is small. The goal is to keep the bight of the larger rope intact. In the example below, I use some paracord as the smaller rope and some larger cotton braided rope as the larger. You'll see this type of knot holding large ship ropes together as well as small twines.

To tie this knot, I first made a bight in the white rope. Then, I fed the black paracord over the bight and then under the working end of the rope. It's not important to feed the smaller rope over the working end, per se; it's just the way I did it.

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At this point, I'll begin racking, which is simply what they call weaving in a figure eight style. I'll go under one side of the rope and then up and around and then under the other side. I'll repeat that a few times.

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To finish the weaving, I'll tuck the working end of the smaller black paracord under one of the turns around the white rope.

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To finish the bend, I'll tighten the paracord from the end toward the bend in the white rope. Then I'll pull the standing part of the black rope tight.

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I suppose if you really wanted to make this knot strong, you can tie a stopper right after the tuck of the paracord. That will keep that part of the rope from sliding. I really don't think that'll happen though because this knot is tight as it is.
 

CraigHardy

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Seizing Bend

This is a great knot for connecting two ropes. It seems to be very strong and it looks good to boot. Again, like those above, this bend is meant to be used with one thicker rope and one thinner one, but I'm not sure that two ropes of the same size won't work. Also, to really finish the strength off with this bend, make a knot at the end of the thicker rope to hold everything in place. I don't think you'd need that, but it can only help.

To tie this knot, I made a bight in the thicker white cotton rope and fed the thinner orange rope under it.

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After that, I made a turn around the bend in the bight with the orange rope.

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Also, just so you're aware, you'll need to extend and adjust the length of rope as you go with this one. I had to keep giving myself slack with the orange rope.

Next up, I took the working end of the orange rope and began my first wrap around the white rope.

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As I wrapped, I made sure that the working end of the orange rope turned over itself to hold itself down.

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I then continued on with multiple wraps, ending up on top.

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At this point, I pulled more of the orange rope standing part through the bight. I fed the loop I created into the crevice of the white rope.

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Then I pulled the standing part of the orange rope tight and slid the orange rope wraps down towards the bend in the white rope. The knot was finished.

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This is a more close up view of the top of the knot.

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And this is the bottom of the bend.

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CraigHardy

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Albright (Allbright) Special

I wasn't sure if I was going to like this knot, but after tying it, I fell in love with it. The reason I didn't think I'd like it was because it appeared that it was going to come undone by itself. After giving a first wrap, the wraps continue. The way the outer rope is set up, it looks like that first wrap would simply pull through. What actually happens is that the first wrap becomes much tighter and doesn't pull through in the least. This is a fantastic knot that can be trusted to hold two ropes together. This one is typically used with much thinner ropes, but for demonstration, I used big ones that are easily visible.

To tie this bend, I first made a bight in the thicker white rope. Then, I placed the thinner black rope over the bight, gave the white rope a wrap, and made sure that the working end of the black rope crossed over itself.

For demonstration purposes, I kept the black rope short in the following photo. In reality, it needs to be much longer to make all the required wraps around the white rope.



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After that, I continued with about six or seven wraps around the white rope with the black rope.

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I left enough of a tail on the black rope for this next step.

I tucked the tail of the black rope over itself and through the bend in the white rope.

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Next, I carefully slid all the wraps of the black rope down as close as I could to the bend in the white rope. After that, I pulled on the standing part of the black rope and watched in awe as the entire knot tightened itself. The bend was complete.

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CraigHardy

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Simple Simon Over

Now here's a knot I may actually remember how to tie in my lifetime. I've covered so many knots here, but I don't think I'd remember how to tie any of them if put on the spot. I think I can remember this one. It's easy and very strong. They say it's great for tying slick synthetic ropes. I guess that's because it's easy to tie and because it holds very well.

To tie this knot, I made a bight with the black rope and then took the working end of the orange rope and fed it into the black rope's bend, under the standing part and up and over the working end. Then, I fed it under the entire thing.

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Then, I crossed the working end of the orange rope over itself.

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With the working end of the orange rope, I continued around and under the black rope and through its loop.

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To tighten this knot, I pulled the orange rope down into place and then dressed the knot.

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CraigHardy

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Simple Simon Under

This knot is almost exactly the same as the one above. The only difference is that when crossing, you don't go over, you go under. Allegedly, this is a stronger version of the above knot in that the extra friction caused by the rope above the crossing holds in things in place more. Give this one a try, especially if you're planning on using wet of slick rope of different thickness.

To tie this knot, I again made a bight with the black rope and fed the orange rope through the loop, under the standing part, and around both parts of the black rope.

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Then, after I gave the black rope a wrap with the orange rope, I crossed under, not over itself.

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Next, I continued feeding the orange rope around the black rope and through its loop. Below is the finished knot, just a bit loose.

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To tighten the knot (or bend), I pulled both ends of the orange rope and dressed the knot so it sat tightly.

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If you really wanted to make this knot permanent and impossible to slip, you could tie an overhand knot in both working ends of the ropes.
 

CraigHardy

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Simple Simon Double

All of these Simple Simon knots were invented (or should we say popularized) by Harry Asher. In this version, you can use even stranger ropes. By doubling up on the turns and wraps, this bend can carry much more weight than its predecessors.

To tie this knot, I set the ropes up like I did above. I fed the working end, from above, into the bight I created with the black rope. Then I proceeded with two wraps around the black rope with the orange rope.

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Then, with the working end of the orange rope, I continued wrapping around the black ropes and crossed the orange over the orange, underneath.

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After that, I continued my way around the black rope with the orange, until the final wrap was fed under the working end of the black rope and through the bight again. This is the completed knot, in loose formation.

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To tighten this bend, I held both ends of orange rope and pulled away from the black, all the while nudging the loop end of the orange rope towards the loop end of the black. These next two photos show a tightened Simple Simon Double bend, top and bottom.

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CraigHardy

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Shake Hands

This is a great knot. It's essentially two overhand knots tied together. This is a strong bend that keeps two ropes together well. On top of that, it's relatively easy to untie. Once you learn this bend, you'll have a great and very sturdy knot in your arsenal.

To tie this knot, I first made two loops; one with each rope. In the below photo, notice the working end of each rope. The black end goes under itself while the orange end goes above.

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To continue on, I took the working end of the orange rope and fed it through its own loop as well as the black's.

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Then, I took the working end of the black rope and fed it through its own loop and through the orange's. Notice where both working ends end up. The orange rope goes through the loops and ends up on top and the same for the black, but down beneath.

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To tighten this bend, I alternated the pulling of each rope. First I pulled both ends of the black rope a bit and then I did the same for the orange. By going back and forth between the two, I kept the knots clean and intact. This is the final Shake Hands knot.

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And here it is up close.

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CraigHardy

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Tumbling Thief Knot, Center Tucked

This is an interesting knot that will definitely not come undone. It's sort of complicated, so be sure to look at each photo I post below carefully. It matters where the working ends of each rope go. Take this one slowly and you'll find yourself holding a big beautiful knot at the end of your effort.

To tie this knot, I first made a bight with the orange rope. Then, I fed the working end of the black rope under and into the orange rope's bend. Then, I fed the same end out of the bend and under it. Finally, I went back into the bend and under it to exit. It sounds more complicated than it was. Just set your rope up like the photo below.

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There are a few steps in this knot where all that needs to be done is to rearrange the rope. This is one of those steps. As you can see, I didn't really change anything below. I merely moved the ropes somewhat. I took the working end of the black rope and slid it under its standing end. Then, I took the working end of the orange rope and slid it over its standing end.

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Next, I merely moved the ropes off of one another, so they are separate. I just pushed the orange rope in its configuration to the left and the black rope to the right. Be careful to keep the ropes looking just like they do in the photo below.

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For this next step, I pulled the ropes back together, but in a different configuration. Sure, this looks like two steps ago, but it's different.

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Now this is not really a complicated step, but it sure looks like that in the photo below. I'll try to explain what to do here as best I can. If you look at the above photo, you'll see a common space that's dead center of both ropes. It's almost like a square at the center. If I arranged the ropes a little better, I could probably make it a square. Anyway, all that needs to be done is two things. First, I took the working end of the black rope and fed it around itself and through the hole in the center. That's it for that one. Then, I took the working end of the orange rope and fed it under itself and up through the hole in the center. Take a look at the image below.

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And that's it! To finish this bend, I pulled on each end of the ropes one by one until the entire knot was tight. Take a look at the top and bottom of this one.

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CraigHardy

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Alpine Butterfly Bend

This bend is a version of the Alpine Butterfly Knot. It's actually quite simple to tie and is very effective.

To tie this knot, I first created two loops, one with each rope. If you notice, I placed the working ends of both ropes under their standing parts. The ropes are also intertwined with one another.

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Next, I brought both working ends up and over themselves and through the common hole at their centers.

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And that's pretty much it. From there, I gently pulled the ends of the ropes until the knot was snug. Here's the final Alpine Butterfly bend.

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CraigHardy

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Bowline Bend

The bowline is an incredible knot. It doesn't slip when wet or when ropes of different thicknesses are used. I've always wanted to learn how to tie the bowline and now I know. What a simple and effective knot it is. And when used as a bend, you can be assured that your two ropes will remain connected, even under great strain. Arborists use the bowline all the time when cutting down trees.

To tie this knot, I first tied a bowline in one rope. I began with the black one. To tie the bowline, I made a loop in the black rope and then fed the working end under and through the loop. It's important to follow these instructions carefully. The over and under parts of the rope are critical.

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Next, I fed the working end of the rope under the standing part.

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And finally, I brought the working end up, over, and through the loop. In the photo below is the loose version of a completed bowline knot.

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To tighten this knot, I pulled on the working end and the standing part, until everything was snug.

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To tie the bend, I simply made another bowline with the other rope. I first made my loop with the orange rope and then fed the working end through the black rope bowline.

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Again, I fed the working end through the loop and under the standing end.

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Here is the finished bowline bend. It's a beautiful thing.

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CraigHardy

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Twin Bowline Bend

This is an alternative bend to the one shown above. With that one, the ropes are weakened by their sharp angles. With this one below, those angles are absent. Also, this is a very strong bend. It'll surely hold some tension. And on top of that, it's really fun to tie. This is the type of bend that you look at and wonder if you can actually do it. I'm here to tell you that you can. It's very easy. Just follow the simple instructions below.

To tie this knot, I laid down the two working ends in parallel.

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Then, I made a loop with the black rope and fed the working end of the orange rope through the loop, from the bottom. When following these instructions, be sure to closely follow where the ropes lie on top of one another. It's important to the final knot.

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Next, I fed the working end of the orange rope under the standing part of the black rope.

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Finally, I fed the working end of the orange rope up and through the black rope's loop. As you can see, this is a regular bowline knot, but with two ropes.

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This is the final tightened two rope bowline. Up next, the other half.

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To tie the second half of this bend, turn the entire arrangement around 180°, so it's opposite of what you just had. This makes it easier to tie. Then, begin tying the exact same thing as you just did earlier.

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And then finish the knot. Here it is, all said and done. So easy!

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CraigHardy

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Pedigree Cow Hitch

I have now moved onto the hitch section of my book. Apparently, hitches are knots that are used to tie ropes to objects, such as posts or links of some sort. Think of tying a horse to a post on main street in the old days. For today's knot, I preset the Pedigree Cow Hitch. This is a sturdy hitch that's good for ropes that approach their post at right angles. You'll see what I'm talking about below. This hitch is strong and would take a lot to pull out. If you wanted to make it ultra secure, you could always tie an Overhand Knot at the very end of the rope.

To tie this knot, I first draped my rope over the post, from front to back.

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Then, I placed the working end over the standing part.

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Next, I fed the working end of the rope back under the post and then over the front again.

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And then through the bight.

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To finish the hitch, I took the working end of the rope and fed it behind both wraps. This way, if tension is placed on the rope, it'll tighten around itself.

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What I was referring to above was an Overhand Knot at the very end of this rope. If that was done, it would have no way of pulling out.

Here's a different view of this hitch.

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CraigHardy

Well-Known Member
Cow Hitch Variant

They say this variant of the above Pedigree Cow Hitch is stronger than that. I can't tell you one way or another. I can tell you that it's a bit less intuitive to tie. The previous hitch made sense, while this one is slightly cumbersome. I'm sure once you get used to it, it'll be fine. Either way, it's a good hitch.

To tie this knot, I first fed the working end of the rope over the post.

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Next, I tied a half hitch.

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Then, I continued bringing the working end of the rope over the standing part and then I fed it under the post, up and around back to the front and fed it through the wrap. This is the final knot.

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