The Know-How of Knot Tying
By Jalapeno Gal77 via APN
When I think of tying knots, I think of my husband’s Boy Scout troop. (They are a great bunch of boys.) Learning to tie knots can be one of the most useful skills you have in “being prepared.” There have been numerous times I have moved or helped others move and kicked myself because I didn’t know how to tie items down securely. This article will show you how to tie knots simply, through animations by Grog and a few You Tube videos.
Some Reasons we use knots:
- Moving heavy loads in the back of a pick-up truck
- Camping (Tarps or hammocks)
- Bowline; One of the most used and versatile knots there is. It’s easy to untie, and the rope retains most of its original strength.
- Figure Eight: This knot is used as a stopper knot to prevent a line from sliding out of sight.
- Alpine Butterfly Loop; Provides a secure loop in the middle of a rope.
- Barrel Hitch; Used to lift barrels/Buckets.
- Half Hitch; Knot used when tying a rope around an object.
- Double fisherman’s’ knot; Commonly used by climbers to tie two ropes together.
- Double Over Hand Stopper Knot; Used as a stopper knot it can also secure the stability of other knots.
- Square Lashing; Used to bind together two spars that are at right angles with one another.
- Diagonal Lashing; Used to bind together spars that are crossing one another at a variety of angles.
- Round Lashing; Used to tie together two parallel spars.
- Shear Lashing; This knot is used to tie two poles together at one end allowing the legs on the other end to stand separately. (Used to make tent poles)
- Tripod Lashing; Used to tie together 3 spars to make a tripod.
- Rolling Hitch and Mid Midshipman’s Hitch; The Rolling Hitch is used to take the strain off a rope with a fowl turn.
- Round Turn and Two Half Stitches; Used to Dock boats.
- Truckers Hitch; (Haymaker’s, Harvey’s, Lory Hitch)
- Square Knot; While this knot is important for the fundamentals of learning a half hitch or a half knot, it is one of the most dangerous knots to us when tying two ropes together.
- Sheet Bend; Used for tying together two ropes of different sizes. Great for making cargo nets.
- Taught Line; Used for adjusting tie downs quickly.
- Clinch Knot; This line is used to tie your fishing line to the hook.
Water proof knot tying cards that make a great addition to any pack.
The Complete Book of Knots
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