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Here’s a guide on how to tie 10 useful knots including -

  1. Overhand Knot
  2. Figure-eight Know
  3. Reef (Square) Knot
  4. Sheet (Becket) Bend
  5. Carrick Bend
  6. Bowline
  7. Clove Hitch
  8. Timber Hitch
  9. Taut-line Hitch
  10. Sheepshank

How to Tie the 10 Most Useful Knots – [via] Link.

MAKE reader Bill notes that you should really check out Animated knots too – Link.


  • Knots or Not – Link.
  • Tie Yourself in Knots – Link.
  • HOW TO – Tie knots! – Link.
  • Make knots – Alaska museum of fancy knots – Link.
  • The Big Book of Bends – Link.

Phillip Torrone

Editor at large – Make magazine. Creative director – Adafruit Industries, contributing editor – Popular Science. Previously: Founded – Hack-a-Day, how-to editor – Engadget, Director of product development – Fallon Worldwide, Technology Director – Braincraft.



  1. bbum says:

    That site is useless; doesn’t show the steps, doesn’t explain the risks/advantages of each knot, and doesn’t mention that the sheepshank will fail catastrophically under common loads.

    This site is awesome:

  2. Stakee says:

    This is not a very good list of knots or a good resource. Of all the knotting resources on the web, this disembodied illustration from a brief, outdated article on knots reprinted from a 1979 Mother Earth News is not really the best one to post. This is an example of lazy, echo chamber blogging.

    There is no universal knot, so pointing to a diagram of knots with no mention of their purpose, strengths and foibles is pointless. Knots are a great resource and of interest, I think, to Makers and Crafters. There are lots of knotting resources on the web.

    Here is a good place to start.

    Also, check out books by Clifford W. Ashley and by modern authors like Brion Toss, Des Pawson, Geoffrey Budworth. Knot tying has actually advanced in the last few decades and there are actually a number of new knots and methods that have been developed.

  3. ventifact says:

    The diagram of the sheet bend (#4 above) is drawn incorrectly! Both ends should exit the knot on the same side or it will fail under load.

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