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Rope Knots

This selection of rope knots is for use by boaters, paddlers, scouts, search and rescue, arborists, climbers and all outdoor pursuits. It includes a large 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).

We have also grouped knots that are common to various applications such as Arborist Knots, Boating Knots, Climbing Knots and Knots useful in Search and Rescue. You can also use the Search box above to search the site for any specific knot name that you are looking for.

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

Disclaimer: Any activity involving rope can be dangerous and may even be life threatening! Knot illustrations contained in this web site are not intended for rock climbing instruction. Many knots are not suitable for the risks involved in climbing. Where failure could cause property damage, injury, or death, seek professional instruction prior to use. Many factors affect knots including: the appropriateness of knots and rope materials used in particular applications, the age, size, and condition of ropes; and the accuracy with which these descriptions have been followed. No responsibility is accepted for incidents arising from the use of this content.