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This selection of rope knots for outdoor use includes a range of basic, work-a-day utility knots. Although there are litterally thousands of different knots, the knots illustrated on this page include the best knots from the three primary knot catagories: Loop Knots, Bends (rope to rope knots) and Hitches (rope to object knots).

Bear in mind that it is far more important to learn a few knots well than to half-learn a whole bunch of knots!

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To see how to tie a knot, just click on the knot name. All knots are now animated too!

Why settle for knots printed on paper? 20 essential rope knots printed on waterproof plastic cards secured with a brass grommet. Get them here!

Backup Knot


Bowline on a Bight

Buntline Hitch

Butterfly Knot

Carrick Bend

Cleat Hitch

Clove Hitch

Constrictor Knot

Double Fisherman’s

Figure Eight

Half Hitch

Honda Knot

Mooring Hitch

Munter Hitch

Prusik Knot

Rolling Hitch

Running Bowline


Sheet Bend

Slip Knot

Square Knot

Tautline Hitch

Timber Hitch

Trucker’s Hitch

Water Knot

Pro-Knot Tying Kit

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Disclaimer: Any activity involving rope can be dangerous and may even be life threatening! Knot illustrations contained in this web site are not intended for rock climbing instruction. Many knots are not suitable for the risks involved in climbing. Seek professional instruction. Many of these knots have histories of use tracing back hundreds of years. However, many critical factors in their use today cannot be controlled, including: the appropriateness of knots used in particular applications, the age, size, and condition of ropes (knots weaken the rated breaking strength of rope anywhere from 50% to as much as 80%, even more in the case of old and worn rope); and the accuracy with which these descriptions have been followed. No responsibility is accepted for incidents arising from the use of this material.