How to Tie Knots

Learn How to Tie Different Types of Knots

By The Old Farmer's Almanac
Woven Knots

Learning how to tie knots is a very useful skill. Here’s how to tie knots, including all the basics: bowline, hitch, and overhand knots!

The knot illustrations below may seem a bit intimidating at first, but once you know the vocabulary and practice a few times, we’re sure you’ll be able to get it!

Tying Knots: Words to Know

Our knot vocabulary should help you to learn this handy skill:

  • The bight is any part of a rope between the ends or the curved section of a rope in a knot.
  • A bight becomes a loop when two parts of a rope cross.
  • The place at which two parts of a rope meet in a loop is the crossing point.
  • The place at which two or more loops bend is the elbow.
  • The working end of a rope is the end being used to make a knot.
  • The standing end (or standing part) of a rope is the end not involved in making a knot.

Whether you’re boating, climbing, or scouting, these knots will often come in handy. Better to know a knot just in case you need it!


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The illustrations are nice.

The illustrations are nice. However some seem a little confusing and it would help if you included instructions on how to make each knot. Also it would help if there was information about each knot such as what is it used for as well as any other pertinent and useful information.

The illustrations are

The illustrations are fantastic; but, a short explanation of the uses for each knot would be very helpful!