Rope Knots

ROPE KNOTS

This selection of rope knots is for use by boaters, paddlers, scouts, search and rescue, arborists, and all outdoor pursuits. It includes a range of essential utility knots. Although there are literally thousands of different knots, the knots illustrated and animated here include the best knots from the three primary knot categories: Loop Knots (make a loop in the rope), Bends (rope to rope knots) and Hitches (rope to object knots).

Bear in mind that it is far more important to learn a few knots well than to half learn a whole bunch of knots!

 Alpine Coil Alpine Coil  To carry a coil of rope over your shoulder.    anchor_icon.png Anchor Bend A good knot for tying an anchor to a rope.
Bachmann Knot Bachmann Knot Friction hitch for ascending and decending.    backup_icon.png Backup Knot Add security to a primary knot.
 barrel hitch  Barrel Hitch
Use to hoist a barrel or drum.
   better_bow_knot_icon.jpg Better Bow Knot  A more secure shoelace knot.
 blakes_hitch_icon.jpg Blake’s Hitch Arborist ascending/descending knot.    bowline_icon.png Bowline Forms a secure loop
 bowline on a bight Bowline On A Bight Forms a loop in the middle of a line.    buntline_icon.png Buntline Hitch Tie items to the end of a rope
 butterfly_icon.png Butterfly Knot Form a secure loop in the middle of a rope.    carrick_icon.png Carrick Bend Join heavy ropes together.
 cleat_icon.png Cleat Hitch Use to tie a rope to a cleat on a boat or dock.    Common Whipping  Common Whipping Whipping knot to keep end of rope from unraveling.
 clove_icon.png Clove Hitch A simple knot to tie a rope to a post.    cow_hitch_icon.jpg Cow Hitch Tie a rope to a post or object.
 constrictor_icon.png Constrictor Knot Tie up bundles of items.    Distal Hitch  Distel Hitch
 Arborist friction knot.
dbl_fish_icon.png Double Fisherman’s Join two ropes.    Stopper Knot Dbl Overhand Stopper  Easy to tie stopper knot at end of rope.
 fig8_icon.png Figure Eight The strongest knot for a loop at the end of a rope.    Fireman's Coil Fireman's Coil  Coil a rope with a quick release.
French Whipping  French Whipping Whipping knot to keep end of rope from unraveling.      
girth_hitch_icon.jpg Girth Hitch Attach a strap loop to an object.   half_icon.png Half Hitch Basic overhand knot.
 heaving_line_knot_icon.jpg Heaving Line Knot Adds weight to the end of a rope.    highwaymans hitch Highwayman's Hitch Quick release knot
 honda_icon.png Honda Knot The lasso knot.    klemheist_knot_icon.jpg Klemheist Knot Climber’s movable loop knot
knute hitch Knute Hitch Attach a lanyard to a tool.    
 Marl Marl Arborist timber hitch.    Midshipman's Hitch Midshipman's Hitch Creates a sliding adjustable loop.
Monkey's Fist  Monkey's Fist Decorative ball shaped knot.      
 mooring_icon.png Mooring Hitch Quick release knot.    munter_icon.png Munter Hitch Climbing belay knot.
 pile_hitch_icon.jpg Pile Hitch Attach a rope to an object.    prusik_icon.png Prusik Knot Secures a movable loop to another line.
 rolling_bend_icon.jpg Rolling Bend Secure a line to a post.    rolling_icon.png Rolling Hitch Secure a line to a post.
running_bowline_icon.png Running Bowline A slip knot.    Sailor's Coil Sailor's Coil Coil for storing rope at sea.
 Schwabish Hitch Schwabisch Hitch Arborist friction hitch.    sheepshank_icon.png Sheep Shank Use to shorted a rope.
 sheet_icon.png Sheet Bend Join ropes of unequal size.    slip_Knot_icon.jpg Slip Knot Another knot for a sliding loop.
 slipped_buntline_icon.jpg Slipped Buntline A quick release knot.    slippery_eight-icon.jpg Slippery Eight Loop  Create a relativley secure adjustable loop
Stevedore Knot Stevedore Stopper Knot A bulky stopper knot for the end of a rope.        
stopper_knot_icon.jpg Stopper Knot Ashley's Stopper knot for the end of a rope.   square2_icon.png Square Knot Secure non critical items.
 tautline2_icon.png Tautline Hitch An adjustable knot    tautline_hitch_to_rope-icon.jpg Tautline to Rope Tie a Tautline to rope for an adjustable line.
knot terms Terminology Terms and nomenclature of knots.    timber_icon.png Timber Hitch Secure a rope around a post.
 Transom Knot Transom Knot  Lashing knot to attach two poles together.    truckers_icon.png Trucker’s Hitch Excellent load securing knot.
 valdotain_knot_icon.jpg Valdotain Tresse Arborist ascending/descending knot.    water_icon.png Water Knot Best knot for webbing.
 yosemite_bowline_icon.jpg Yosemite Bowline A very secure loop knot.    Zeppelin Bend Zeppelin Bend
 Tie two ropes together.
Bends (Tie Two Ropes Together)
backup_icon.png  Backup Knot Add security to a primary knot.    carrick_icon.png  Carrick Bend  Join heavy ropes together.
dbl_fish_icon.png Double Fisherman’s Join two ropes.   Stopper Knot Dbl Overhand Stopper  Easy to tie stopper knot at end of rope.
heaving_line_knot_icon.jpg Heaving Line Knot Adds weight to the end of a rope.    Monkey's Fist Monkey's Fist Decorative ball shaped knot.
sheepshank_icon.png Sheep Shank Use to shorted a rope.   sheet_icon.png Sheet Bend Join ropes of unequal size.
square2_icon.png Square Knot Secure non critical items.   stopper_knot_icon.jpg Stopper Knot A stopper knot for the end of a rope.
water_icon.png Water Knot Best knot for webbing.    Zeppelin Bend Zeppelin Bend
 Easy to untie knot for joing two ropes.
Loop Knots
better_bow_knot_icon.jpg Better Bow Knot A more secure shoelace knot.   bowline_icon.png Bowline Forms a secure loop.
bow_bight_icon.png Bowline On A Bight Forms a loop in the middle of a line.   butterfly_icon.png Butterfly Knot Form a secure loop in the middle of a rope.
fig8_icon.png Figure Eight The strongest knot for a loop at the end of a rope.   honda_icon.png Honda Knot The lasso knot.
running_bowline_icon.png Running Bowline A slip knot.   slippery_eight-icon.jpg Slippery Eight Loop An adjustable loop knot.
yosemite_bowline_icon.jpg Yosemite Bowline A very secure loop knot.        
Hitches (Tie a Rope To an Object)
 anchor_icon.png Anchor Bend A good knot for tying an anchor to a rope.   Bachmann Knot Bachmann Knot Friction hitch for ascending and descending.
Barrel Hitch Barrel Hitch Use to hoist a barrel or drum.    blakes_hitch_icon.jpg Blake’s Hitch Arborist ascending/descending knot.
 buntline_icon.png Buntline Hitch Tie items to the end of a rope.    cleat_icon.png Cleat Hitch  Use to tie a rope to a cleat on a boat or dock.
 clove_icon.png Clove Hitch A simple knot to tie a rope to a post.    cow_hitch_icon.jpg Cow Hitch Tie a rope to a post or object.
Distal Hitch Distel Hitch Arborist friction hitch.        
 constrictor_icon.png Constrictor Knot Tie up bundles of items.   girth_hitch_icon.jpg Girth Hitch Attach a strap loop to an object.
 half_icon.png Half Hitch Basic overhand knot.   klemheist_knot_icon.jpg Klemheist Knot Climber’s movable loop knot
knute hitch Knute Hitch Attach a lanyard to an object.    
highwayman's hitch
Highwayman's Hitch Quick release knot    Marl Marl  Arborist timber hitch alternative.
Midshipman's Hitch Midshipman's Hitch Create an adjustable loop.        
 mooring_icon.png Mooring Hitch Quick release knot.    munter_icon.png Munter Hitch Climbing belay knot.
 pile_hitch_icon.jpg Pile Hitch Attach a rope to an object.    prusik_icon.png Prusik Knot Secures a movable loop to another line.
 rolling_bend_icon.jpg Rolling Bend Secure a line to a post.    rolling_icon.png Rolling Hitch Secure a line to a post.
Schwabish Hitch Schwabisch Hitch Arborist friction hitch.      
slip_Knot_icon.jpg Slip Knot Another knot for a sliding loop.    slipped_buntline_icon.jpg Slipped Buntline A quick release knot.
tautline2_icon.png Tautline Hitch An adjustable knot.    tautline_hitch_to_rope-icon.jpg Tautline to Rope A movable knot on another line or object.
 Transom Knot Transom Knot
A lashing knot that ties two poles together.
   timber_icon.png Timber Hitch Secure a rope around a post.
 truckers_icon.png Trucker’s Hitch Load securing knot.    valdotain_knot_icon.jpg Valdotain Tresse Arborist ascending/descending knot.
           
Miscellaneous
Alpine Coil Alpine Coil  To carry a coil over your shoulder.   Common Whipping Common Whipping Whip the end of a rope to keep it from unraveling.
 Fireman's Coil Fireman's Coil Coil a rope with a quick release.    French Whipping  French Whipping Whip the end of a rope to keep it from unraveling.
Sailor's Coil Sailor's Coil Coil a rope to store at sea.    Stevedore Stopper Knot Stevedore Stopper Knot
A bulky Stopper Knot for the end of a rope.
Knot Terminology Knot Terms Knot Terminology      
Ways to Make a Loop in a Rope
- Tie a loop in the end of a rope Bowline, Yosemite Bowline,Figure Eight, Slippery Eight Loop
- Make a loop in the middle of a rope Butterfly Knot,Bowline On A Bight
- Make a lasso Honda Knot
- Make a sliding loop Running Bowline, Slip Knot
- Make a double loop Bowline On A Bight
How To Join Two Ropes
- Tie two similar ropes together Double Fisherman’s, Zeppelin Bend
- Join lines of unequal diameter Sheet Bend
- Join strings to tie a package Square Knot
- Join two ends of webbing Water Knot
- Join two large lines or hawsers Carrick Bend
- Tie your shoe laces

Better Bow Knot

Tie a Knot at the End of a Rope
- Tie a stopper knot Figure Eight, Dbl Overhand Stopper, Ashley's Stopper, Stevedore Knot
- Tie a bulky stopper knot Ashley’s Stopper
- Tie a knot for weighting the end Heaving Line Knot, Monkey's Fist
- Whip the ends of rope Common Whipping, French Whipping
How to Tie Ropes to Objects
- Tie a line to any object Figure Eight Follow Through, Buntline Hitch
- Attach a rope to a post Clove Hitch, Pile Hitch, Cow Hitch, Rolling Hitch
- Attach a line to a cleat Cleat Hitch
- Attach an anchor to a rope Anchor Bend
- Attach a rope to a barrel or drum for hoisting Barrel Hitch
- Attach a lanyard to a tool
Knute Hitch
- Temporarily attach a rope to a post Mooring Hitch, Slipped Buntline, Highwayman's Hitch
- Tie an adjustable tension knot to an object Tautline Hitch, Midshipman's Hitch
- Tie webbing loop to a rope or post Girth Hitch
- Tie a sliding rope to another rope Blake's Hitch, Klemheist Knot, Prusik Hitch, Munter Hitch, Valdotain Tresse, Tautline Hitch to Rope, Distel Hitch, Schwabisch Hitch, Bachmann Knot
- Tie a load down on a car or truck Trucker’s Hitch
- Tie a shackle to the end of a rope Buntline Hitch, Two Half Hitches
- Tie up a bundle of sticks Constrictor Knot
- Lash two tent poles together Transom Knot
- Tie a rope to a log Timber Hitch, Rolling Bend, Marl
- Emergency rappel down a rope Munter Hitch
- Haul on a line with another rope Rolling Hitch
Miscelleneous
- Coil a Rope
Alpine Coil, Fireman's Coil, Sailor's Coil
- Knot Terminology Knot Terminology