Introduction to Knots

Identify the Characteristics of a Good Knot

At some point in the wilderness, you will probably need to secure something, repair something, or perhaps even build something. Having a basic understanding of knots is a valuable skill. Unless you know what you are doing, there may be a fine line between a quality knot and a completely tangled mess.

Quality knots have three things in common:

  • Easy to tie,
  • Serve a specific purpose
  • Easy to untie

Basic of Knots -> https://youtu.be/hPqF_GE3OWk

Identify the major categories of knots

Knots can be grouped into a few major categories: loops, hitches, bends, and lashings.

1. Loops

Loops are knots used to create an attachment point or a hold in a rope. They are usually created by tying the rope to itself. Common uses in the wilderness include: attach a bear bag to a rope, creating a rescue throw rope, hanging a lantern or by-passing weak spot in a rope.

Hitches are knots used to tie a rope to an object. Common uses in the wilderness include: hanging a clothes line, putting up a rain fly, securing a boat, tying a bear bag to a tree, or starting and ending a lashing.


Bends are knots used to tie ropes together. Some bends are better for uniting ropes of various diameters. Common uses in the wilderness include: lengthening a bear bag line, creating a bandage, or repairing a fishing line.

4. Lashings

Lashings are used to tie objects together. Common uses in the wilderness include: building a tripod, repairing a fishing pole, create a ladder, or build a bridge

Identify Common Rope and Knot Terms

A common language is helpful when describing how to tie a knot. Helpful terms include:

  • Running End: the working end of the rope used to tie a knot.
  • Standing Part: any part of the rope not considered the running end.
  • Overhand Loop: a loop which crosses on top of the standing part.
  • Underhand Loop: a loop which crosses under the standing part.
  • Turn: a loop around an object.
  • Bight: a bend in the rope which does not cross itself.

Other Useful Knots

  • After you have mastered the basic knots, you may want to check out these:
    1. Sheep Shank - Loop Method
    2. Sheep Shank - Bight Method
    3. Overhand Stopper
    4. Figure Eight Stopper
    5. Heaving Knot


Created : Nov 22, 2019 04:23pm
Last updated : May 27, 2024 11:39am