5 Basic Rope Knots Everyone Should Know
Figure 8 Knot
Considered one of the building blocks of rope knots, the Figure 8 Rope Knot is the tie knot most often used in sailing and rock climbing by helping stop ropes from running out of retaining devices or attaching them to anchor points. The figure 8 knot is a great rope knot for beginners to learn. We recommend using a Solid Braid Nylon Rope when learning how to tie knots in the figure 8 style!
You cannot call yourself a sailor if you do not know the Bowline Knot! Luckily, learning How to Tie a Bowline Knot is simple, and even comes in handy in a variety of other settings, including climbing, staking tents or tarps, pulling objects, rescue work, and fastening mooring lines! A 1/4” Utility Rope is a great option for both learning how to tie a knot and for use in these various settings.
As one of eight basic rope knots, the Slip Knot is one of the most frequently used and is meant to be used as a temporary stop that can easily unravel if and when you want it to. You can use for a slip knot for everything from crafting to rock climbing and boating. We recommend using a Nylon Rope to learn how to tie a knot in a slip knot style!
When it comes to securing a boat to the dock, hitch knots are some of the best rope knots to know about. For instance, the Clean Hitch is a quick and easy way to secure a rope to a cleat, while a Pile Hitch can easily attach a mooring like to a dock pole. And do not forget about the Midshipman’s Hitch, a great rope knot choice when you need an adjustable loop at the end of a rope!
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