Knot Tying

Knots and how to use them!

A knot not knotted neatly is a knot not knotted!

Knots, Hitches, and Bends

Not all “knots” are true knots. Technically, a true knot does not need to be tied around anything; it can hold its form on its own without another object such as a post, eye-bolt, or another rope to give it structure. A hitch, by contrast, must be tied around something to hold together; remove the thing it’s tied to, and a hitch falls apart. A bend is a knot used to join two rope ends.

In practice, we often use “knot” as an umbrella term to cover all these types, but the distinction is useful to know.

See also Apps for Outdoors: Knots

Featuring this month …

The Canoeing Hitch

The Canoeing or Highwayman’s Hitch is a quick release knot useful in situations when being able to quickly and easily release your canoe is vital to your safety (also includes a clove hitch on a bight).

Coming soon:

  • Camping Knots
  • Climbing Knots

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