List of knots

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This article is about methods of fastening and securing ropes. For knots in the mathematical sense, see List of prime knots.

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 grip hitch - a simple hitch which may easily be shifted up and down the rope while slack
  • 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 coil - a method for storing and transporting a climbing 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 bend loop - used to make a loop at the end of a rope
  • 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 - one of the most effective binding knots
  • Continuous ring hitching (Ringbolt 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 (Wall and crown knot) - a knot made in the strands of the end of a rope - the start of a back splice

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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 (one-sided 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
  • Gripping Sailor's hitch - used to tie one rope to another, or a rope to a pole, when the pull is lengthwise along the object
  • Ground-line hitch - attaches a rope to an object

H[edit]

  • Hackamore - type of animal headgear which does not have a bit
  • Half blood knot (clinch knot) - for securing a fishing line to a fishing lure, snap or swivel
  • Half hitch - simple overhand knot, where the working end of a line is brought over and under the standing part
  • Half-Windsor knot - knot used for tying neckties
  • Halter hitch - connects a rope to an object
  • Halyard bend - a way to attach the end of a rope at right angle to a cylindrical object
  • Handcuff knot - tied in the bight, having two adjustable loops in opposing directions
  • Hangman's noose (hangman's knot) - well-known knot most often associated with its use in hanging a person
  • Harness bend - used to join two ropes together
  • Harness hitch (artillery loop) - knot with a loop on the bight for non-critical purposes
  • Heaving line bend - used to attach playing strings to the thick silk eyes of the anchorage knot
  • Highpoint hitch - used to attach a rope to an object
  • Highwayman's hitch - insecure, quick-release, draw loop hitch for trivial use
  • Hitching tie - simple knot used to tie off drawstring bags that allows quick access
  • Honda knot aka lariat loop - loop knot commonly used in a lasso
  • Hunter's bend aka rigger's bend - joins two lines

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 (directional figure eight) - loop knot that can be made on the bight
  • Italian hitch (Munter hitch) - simple knot commonly used by climbers and cavers as part of a life-lining or belay system

J[edit]

  • Jack Ketch's knot (hangman's knot) - well-known knot most often associated with its use in hanging a person
  • Jamming knot - for constricting a bundle of objects
  • 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]

  • Lariat loop aka honda knot - loop knot commonly used in a lasso
  • Lark's foot (Lark's head, cow hitch) used to attach a rope to an object
  • Left-hand bowline (cowboy bowline) - variation of the bowline loop knot
  • Ligature knot aka surgeon's knot - simple modification to the reef knot that adds an extra twist when tying the first throw
  • Lighterman's hitch (tugboat hitch) - ideal for heavy towing, or making fast to a post, bollard, or winch
  • Lineman's loop (butterfly loop) - used to form a fixed loop in the middle of a rope
  • Lissajous knot - knot defined by parametric equations
  • Lobster buoy hitch - similar to the buntline hitch, but made with a cow hitch around the standing part rather than a clove hitch

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

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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]

  • Racking bend - knot for joining two ropes of different diameter
  • Reef knot - simple binding knot used to secure a rope or line around an object
  • Rigger's bend aka hunter's bend - used to join two lines
  • Rigid double splayed loop in the bight - knot that contains two parallel loops
  • Ring bend (water knot) - for joining two ends of webbing together
  • Ring hitch (cow hitch) - used to attach a rope to an object
  • Ring knot (water knot) - for joining two ends of webbing together
  • Rolling hitch - knot used to attach a rope to a rod, pole, or other rope
  • Rosendahl bend (Zeppelin bend) - general purpose bend knot unique in the ease with which it is untied, even after heavy loading
  • Round turn and two half-hitches - hitch used to secure the end of a rope to a fixed object
  • Round turn
  • Running knot (slip knot) - knots which attach a line to an object and tighten when tension is applied to the free end of the line

S[edit]

T[edit]

  • Tarbuck knot - used by climbers and was primarily used with stranded nylon rope
  • Taut-line hitch - adjustable loop knot for use on lines under tension
  • Tent hitch (taut-line hitch) - adjustable loop knot for use on lines under tension
  • Thief knot - resembles the reef knot except that the free, or working, ends are on opposite sides
  • Threefoil knot - another term for a trefoil knot
  • Thumb knot aka overhand knot - one of the most fundamental knots and forms the basis of many others
  • Tiggap knot
  • Timber hitch - used to attach a single length of rope to a cylindrical object
  • Tom fool's knot - good knot with which to commence a slightly fancy sheepshank
  • Transom knot - to secure two linear objects, such as spars, at right angles to each other
  • Trefoil knot - simplest example of a nontrivial knot in mathematics
  • Trident loop - fixed loop knot
  • Triple bowline - variation of the bowline knot that is used to create three loops on one knot simultaneously
  • Triple crown knot - double loop knot
  • Triple fisherman's knot - a bend knot used to join two ends of rope together
  • Trucker's hitch - used for securing loads on trucks or trailers
  • True lover's knot - a name which has been used for many distinct knots
  • Tugboat hitch - ideal for heavy towing, or making fast to a post, bollard, or winch
  • Turle knot - used while fishing for tying a hook or fly to a leader
  • Twined Turk's head - decorative knot with a variable number of interwoven strands forming a closed loop
  • Two half-hitches - an overhand knot tied around a post, followed by a half-hitch
  • Two strand overhand knot (one-sided overhand bend) - used to join two ropes together

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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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