Tied A Dozen Different Types Of Knots

"When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on."
Thomas Jefferson

Today was a special day.  It was not the end of the world.  It was our friend Chanelle’s wedding day.  I usually enjoy weddings.  Wait, let me rephrase that: I usually enjoy wedding food.  Just kidding. 

Watching two people join their lives in this way is something I take seriously.  It’s special and it’s wonderful.  So, what did I have planned for such a day as this?

Since Chanelle was tying the knot, I decided I was going to be tying knots as well. I wanted to tie about a dozen different ones.  Some I have learned in Boy Scouts or just in general, but a lot of the ones I learned about were new to me and finding out the different applications for these knots was a really interesting learning experience for me.

I started with this single piece of rope.

The first knot I tied was a very basic overhand knot.  This is a quick stopper knot, although a double overhand is even more useful.

The second knot was a half hitch knot.  It’s useful when you want to quickly tie a rope around an object.  The half hitch is usually followed by a second half hitch.

The next knot I did is called a half knot, and it’s usually the first thing you do when you tie your shoe laces.  It’s the first movement in a square (or reef) knot.

Speaking of square knots, the next knot was a square knot.  It’s a very common knot that we use all the time.  We tie our shoes with it (usually with a bow), but I just found out that it’s not that secure, but it does use the half hitch I did earlier.

Another way to join two ropes is with a sheet bend.  It’s useful for ropes of differing sizes, but it will become loose if it’s not under a load.
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A figure 8 knot is a quick and convenient stopper like the overhand, except that it can be undone easily (which can either be an advantage or a vice).

A slip knot is a very easily undone stopper knot.  This is meant to be temporary.

A noose knot is not the same as a hangman’s knot.  It actually has more in common with the slip knot.  It’s often used in knitting as the first loop.
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The Albright knot is useful fishing knot for joining two types of line together.

A double fisherman’s bend (or grapevine knot) is great and reliable way to join two climbing ropes together.
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For securing loads and tarps, a trucker’s hitch is a common knot.

Another common climbing knot is the figure 8 bend.  It’s a safe and easy way to join two ropes, and it’s relatively easy to remember how to tie and check.  I see people at Planet Granite use this one all the time.

This was fun.  The most complicated rope tie I’d ever done before was a sheepshank, so this was cool to see the usefulness and construction of these knots.  They’re solutions for different problems.  Now when a situation arrises where I might need one, I’ll know which one to use.
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