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Learn How to Tie 5 Important Knots

How to Tie 5 Knots that You Can Use Daily

There are countless different knots you could possibly learn to tie. Each one has its own strengths, weaknesses and uses. From scouts to sailors, people have been relying on different forms of knot for many years, but the average person doesn’t need to learn dozens of different knots to get through life. Here, we’ll show you five of the most reliable and effective knots.

If you can learn how to consistently tie these knots, they should be enough to help you with almost any task imaginable. Remember that practice makes perfect, so keep repeating the following techniques until you can reliably make these knots without any errors. In addition, always remember to use the right knot for the job. Don’t trust a knot that you’re not entirely confident in.

To help us with explaining these 5 knots, we are enlisting the help of 5 random friends from YouTube.

How to Tie a Bowline Hitch

The bowline hitch has plenty of uses, especially because it won’t loosen or tighten when holding up a heavy load. This means that this knot can actually be used in rescue missions to help people who are trapped and need to be lifted upwards. Bow lines can also be used to fasten mooring lines onto pasts, or as handles. They’re also very easy to tie. All you need to do is make a loop by curling the rope around itself.

Then you pull the lower end through the hole. Curl this end around the top section of the rope and then back down through the loop to complete the knot. It really couldn’t be simpler, and the bowline hitch can therefore easily be prepared in tough conditions when you don’t necessarily have the time to tie more complicated knots.

How to Tie Two Half Hitches

If you ever need to attach a rope to a stationary object, this is one of the best knots to use. The half hitch has been used since ancient times and is actually very aesthetically pleased when tied correctly. Again, this isn’t a very difficult knot to tie, so you shouldn’t have too many problems. You can just use a single half hitch, but people generally tie two of them for added stability. The combination of two half hitches is also known as the clove hitch. You can use this knot when out camping to tie your hammock to a tree, for example.

To prepare it, all you need to do is pass the line around the tree or log or whatever you want to attach your rope to. Pass one end under the other and pull it through. Then do another loop around the object and pull the end under and through once again. This knot is very secure and is almost impossible to get wrong, so you can use it with peace of mind.

How to Tie a Taut-line Hitch

This is a knot that can actually be adjusted, making it useful in situations where the rope will often need to be changed as it is put under different amounts of pressure. This is done by sliding the hitch around to make the loop bigger or smaller. As an example, if you want to prepare a tent guy line, this is probably the knot you’ll want to be using.

It’s very easy to prepare and can save you a lot of time that would otherwise be spend undoing and redoing different knots. To tie the taut-line hitch, bring one end of the rope across its body, then curl it around behind the loop. Send it back over the body and pull it through the whole. You can then tighten it to suit your needs.

How to Tie a Figure Eight Knot

Now we move onto the figure eight knot, also known as a Flemish knot. This knot is shaped like the number eight and is immensely strong under pressure. At the same time, it isn’t too hard to untie. Other knots can be so strong that people are simply unable to manually untie them, often being forced to cut their ropes.

The figure eight offers a good compromise of strength and ease-of-use. It’s perfect for climbers and sailors, but can come in handy in all walks of life. To prepare the figure eight knot, all you need to do is bring the tail over itself to make a loop. Keep pulling the tail under and over the rest of the rope and then through the loop.

How to Tie a Trucker’s Hitch Knot

Our final knot today is the trucker’s hitch. As its name suggests, this knot is one of the best for truckers or people who want to attach things to roof racks on their cars. If you’re going to be tying things to your car and driving at high speeds, you need a tough knot to keep everything secure. This knot is the most complicated one on our list, but it’s not too hard once you’ve given yourself a bit of time to practice.

You’ll need a long stretch of cord to make this knot effectively, so ensure you’re working with a big piece of rope. First, make a figure eight-shaped loop. Curl one end around a fixed object, like your roof rack, and then bring it through the loop. Pull it tightly, keeping the top section of the loop separated from the rest. Then, with the rest of the rope, perform a two half hitch knot on the other end of your fixed object to finish.

About the author

Mike Paris

Mike is the editor of NWT Outfitters and as you may expect, an avid outdoorsman... When Mike isn't logged into the NWT backend, he's camping, climbing, hunting, fishing, or doing some combination of the four.

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