List of decorative knots

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Monkey's fist knot

A decorative or ornamental knot (also fancy knot[1]) is an often complex knot exhibiting repeating patterns. A decorative knot is generally a knot that not only has practical use but is also known for its aesthetic qualities.[2] Often originating from maritime use, "decorative knots are not only serviceable and functional but also enhance the ship-shape appearance of any vessel."[3] Decorative knots may be used alone or in combination,[4] and may consist of single or multiple strands.[5][6]

Though the word decorative sometimes implies that little or no function is served, the craft of decorative knot tying generally combines both form and function.[5]


This is an alphabetical list of decorative knots.


Coxcombing is a decorative knotwork performed by sailors. The general purpose to dress-up items and parts of ships and boats during the age of sail.

Modern uses are to wrap boat tillers and ships' wheels with small diameter line to enhance the grip as well as the nautical appeal.

Knots used in coxcombing include Turk's head knot, Flemish, French whipping, and others.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Owen, Peter (1994). The Book of Decorative Knots. Globe Pequot. p. 6. ISBN 978-1-55821-304-3. Retrieved 2010-02-18.
  2. ^ Owen (1994), p.125. Access date: 2010-02-18. "They can be used for practical purposes or pure decoration.
  3. ^ Owen (1994), p.11.
  4. ^ Owen, Peter (2003). The Ultimate Book of Knots: More Than Two-Hundred Practical and Decorative Knots, p.493. Globe Pequot. ISBN 9781592281602.
  5. ^ a b Penn, Randy (2004). The Everything Knots Book: Step-By-Step Instructions for Tying Any Knot, p.189. Everything Books. ISBN 9781440522772.
  6. ^ Randall, Peter (2012). The Craft of the Knot: From Fishing Knots to Bowlines and Bends, a Practical Guide to Knot Tying and Usage, p.29. Adams Media. ISBN 9781440552502.

External links[edit]

  • Grog. "Decorative knots". Animated Knots. Retrieved 11:24, 15 May 2015 (UTC). Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)