List of knots

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This list of knots includes many alternate names for common knots. Knot names have evolved over time and there are many conflicting or confusing naming issues. The overhand knot, for example, is also known as the thumb knot. The figure-eight knot is also known as the savoy knot or the Flemish knot.

A[edit]

  • Adjustable bend - can be easily lengthened or shortened
  • Adjustable hitch (taut-line hitch) - adjustable loop knot for use on lines under tension
  • Adjustable loop (slip knot) - attach a line to an object and tighten when tension is applied to the free end of the line
  • Albright knot (Albright special) - used to tie two different diameters of line together, for instance to tie monofilament to braid
  • Alpine coil (mountaineer's coil) - method used by climbers for carrying a rope
  • Alternate ring hitching - covering a ring in hitching can prevent damage
  • Anchor bend - attaching a rope to a ring or similar termination
  • Angler's knot (fisherman's knot) - a knot for joining two lines with a symmetrical structure
  • Angler's loop - knot which forms a fixed loop. Useful for fine or slippery line, it is one of the few loop knots which holds well in bungee cord.
  • Arbor knot - attach fishing line to the arbor of a fishing reel
  • Artillery loop aka manharness knot - a knot with a loop on the bight for non-critical purposes
  • Ashley's bend - used to securely join the ends of two ropes together
  • Ashley's stopper knot - trefoil-faced stopper at the end of the rope
  • Axle hitch - used to tie a hitch in a hard-to-reach place

B[edit]

  • Bachmann knot - friction hitch useful when the knot needs to be reset quickly/often
  • Bag knot (miller's knot) - binding knot used to secure the opening of a sack or bag
  • Bait loop (bumper knot) - secures soft or loose bait in fishing
  • Bale sling hitch - continuous loop of strap to form a cow hitch around an object
  • Barrel hitch (barrel sling) - suspends an object
  • Barrel knot (blood knot) - joins sections of monofilament nylon line while maintaining much of the line's inherent strength
  • Barrel sling (barrel hitch) - suspends an object
  • Becket hitch - any hitch made on an eye loop
  • Beer knot - bend used in tubular webbing as in slings used in rock climbing
  • Bimini twist - fishing knot used for offshore trolling and sportsfishing
  • Blackwall hitch - temporary means of attaching a rope to a hook
  • Blake's hitch - friction hitch commonly used by arborists and tree climbers as an ascending knot
  • Blood knot (barrel knot) - joins sections of monofilament nylon line while maintaining much of the line's inherent strength
  • Blood loop knot (dropper loop) - forms a loop which is off to the side of the line
  • Boa knot - binding knot
  • Boom hitch - attach a line to a fixed object like a pipe
  • Bottle sling (jug sling) - used to create a handle for a container with a narrow tapering neck
  • Bowen knot (heraldic knot) - not a true knot (an unknot), a continuous loop of rope laid out as an upright square shape with loops at each of the four corners
  • Bowline - forms a fixed loop at the end of a rope
  • Bowline on a bight - makes a pair of fixed-size loops in the middle of a rope
  • Bumper knot - secures soft or loose bait in fishing
  • Buntline hitch - attach a rope to an object
  • Butterfly bend - connects two ends of rope
  • Butterfly loop - forms a fixed loop in the middle of a rope

C[edit]

  • Carrick bend - joins two lines of heavy rope or cable
  • Carrick mat - flat woven decorative knot which can be used as a mat or pad
  • Cat's paw - connects a rope to an object
  • Catshank - variant of the sheepshank, clinched by two overhand knots with the bights passed through the twists
  • Chain sinnet - method of shortening a rope or other cable
  • Chain stitch - a sewing and embroidery technique in which a series of looped stitches form a chain-like pattern
  • Cleat "knot"
  • Clove hitch - two successive half-hitches around an object
  • Common whipping - series of knots intended to stop a rope from unraveling
  • Constrictor knot - series of knots intended to stop a rope from unraveling
  • Continuous ring hitching - series of identical hitches made around a ring
  • Corned beef knot - binding knot often used for binding the meat of the same name while it is being cooked
  • Cow hitch - hitch knot used to attach a rope to an object
  • Cow hitch and bowline (bale sling hitch or strap hitch) - uses a continuous loop of strap to form a cow hitch around an object in order to hoist or lower it
  • Cowboy bowline - variation of the bowline loop knot
  • Crown knot - a knot made in the strands of the end of a rope - the start of a back splice.

D[edit]

E[edit]

  • Egg loop aka bumper knot - secures soft or loose bait in fishing applications
  • Englishman's knot - (fisherman's knot) a bend consisting of two overhand knots, each tied around the standing part of the other
  • Eskimo bowline - places a loop in the end of a rope
  • European death knot - (overhand bend) joins two ropes together
  • Eye splice - creates a permanent loop in the end of multi stranded rope by means of rope splicing

F[edit]

G[edit]

  • Garda hitch - (alpine clutch) climbing knot that lets the rope move in only one direction
  • Gordian knot - (mythical knot) an inextricable/complicated knot, tied by King Gordius of Phrygia, that Alexander the Great cut with a sword
  • Granny knot - secures a rope or line around an object
  • Grief knot - (what knot) combines features of granny knot and thief knot
  • Ground-line hitch - attaches a rope to an object

H[edit]

I[edit]

  • Icicle hitch - excellent for connecting to a post when weight is applied to an end running parallel to the post in a specific direction
  • Improved clinch knot - used for securing a fishing line to the fishing lure
  • In-line figure-eight loop - loop knot that can be made on the bight
  • Italian hitch - simple knot commonly used by climbers and cavers as part of a life-lining or belay system

J[edit]

  • Jack Ketch's knot - well-known knot most often associated with its use in hanging a person
  • Jug sling aka bottle sling - used to create a handle for a glass or ceramic container with a slippery, narrow, tapering neck
  • Jury mast knot - for jury rigging a temporary mast on a sailboat or ship

K[edit]

  • Killick hitch - hitch knot used to attach a rope to oddly shaped objects
  • Klemheist knot - friction hitch that grips a rope when weight is applied, and is free to move when the weight is released
  • Knot of isis - ancient Egyptian symbol of the goddess Isis; similar to a knot used to secure the garments that the Egyptian gods wore
  • Karash double loop - A recently invented knot[contradictory] used to form leg loops as a makeshift harness

L[edit]

M[edit]

  • Magnus hitch (rolling hitch) - used to attach a rope to a rod, pole, or other rope
  • Manharness knot (artillery loop) - knot with a loop on the bight for non-critical purposes
  • Matthew Walker knot - decorative knot that is used to keep the end of a rope from fraying
  • Marlinespike hitch - temporary knot used to attach a rod to a rope in order to form a handle
  • Midshipman's hitch (taut-line hitch) - adjustable loop knot for use on lines under tension
  • Miller's knot - binding knot used to secure the opening of a sack or bag
  • Monkey's fist - looks somewhat like a small bunched fist/paw, most often used as the weight in a heaving line
  • Mountaineer's coil - method used by climbers for carrying a rope
  • Munter hitch - simple knot commonly used by climbers and cavers as part of a life-lining or belay system

N[edit]

  • Nail knot - used in fly fishing to attach the leader to the fly line
  • Noose - loop at the end of a rope in which the knot slides to make the loop collapsible

O[edit]

P[edit]

  • Packer's knot - binding knot which is easily pulled taut and quickly locked in position
  • Palomar knot - used for securing a fishing line to a fishing lure, snap or swivel
  • Pile hitch - used for attaching rope to a pole or other structure
  • Poldo tackle - an instant tension-applying and tension-releasing mechanism in rope
  • Pratt knot - a method of tying a tie around one's neck and collar
  • Pretzel link knot - in knot theory, a branch of mathematics, a pretzel link is a special kind of link
  • Prusik knot - friction hitch or knot used to put a loop of cord around a rope
  • Portuguese bowline aka French bowline - variant of the bowline with two loops that are adjustable in size
  • Portuguese whipping - a type of whipping knot
  • Power cinch - (trucker's hitch) commonly used for securing loads on trucks or trailers

R[edit]

S[edit]

T[edit]

U[edit]

V[edit]

W[edit]

  • Wagoner's hitch - compound knot commonly used for securing loads on trucks or trailers
  • Water bowline - type of knot designed for use in wet conditions where other knots may slip or jam
  • Water knot - frequently used in climbing for joining two ends of webbing together
  • Waterman's knot - a bend with a symmetrical structure consisting of two overhand knots, each tied around the standing part of the other
  • West Country whipping - uses twine to secure the end of a rope to prevent it fraying
  • Windsor knot - a method of tying a necktie around one's neck and collar

Y[edit]

Z[edit]

  • Zeppelin bend - a secure, easily tied, and a jam-proof way to connect two ropes
  • Zeppelin loop - (Rosendahl Loop) a secure, jam resistant loop knot based on the zeppelin bend

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