Knots are very handy for anyone whether in the wilderness or just around the house. When I explain these knots I will refer to the end of the rope that I am working with as the “working end,” and the other end or other part of the rope that I am not using as the “stationary end.”
NUMBER 1 SQUARE KNOT
The square knot can be used to join two ropes together or to join the two ends of the same rope together.
To tie the square knot, first take one end of your rope and bend it back. This will be your stationary end.
Next slide your working end through the loop.
Then bend the working end underneath the stationary end.
After that, take your working end and slide it back through the loop.
Then grab both ends and pull tight. There you have a square knot.
NUMBER 2 BOWLINE
The bowline is used to make a loop in your rope.
First make a small loop in your rope.
Next, pass your working end through the loop.
Then bring you working end over the top of the stationary end.
After that, bring the working end underneath the stationary end and up through the loop.
Finally, grab the two ends and tighten the knot. Now you have a secure loop useful for climbing, attaching carabeners to, and simple to untie once it has been subjected to a load.
NUMBER 3 FISHERMAN’S KNOT
The fisherman’s knot is used to join two ropes together.
First, lay the two ends side by side.
Next, take your working end and tie an overhand knot around your stationery end.
Then take the other end (which is now your working end) and repeat the process on the other side.
Finally grab both ends and pull tight. This is your fisherman’s knot.
NUMBER 4 CLOVE HITCH
This knot is for tying a rope to a toggle or something stable such as a stick.
First, lay your rope across your stick.
Then loop it around the stick making an X.
After that, loop it around again.
Next, slide your working end underneath the top loop.
Now grab each end and pull tight, and now you have a clove hitch.
Knowledge of these knots is something you can always take with you. I assure you they will knot fail you!