How to tie a knot

How to Tie a Knot post will cover what you need to know for 2 of the most popular knots:

Figure-Eight knot

Everyone can picture this knot. The figure-eight knot can be used in a couple of ways while camping.

It’s mostly used as a stopper knot at the end of a rope under load, preventing it slipping through a device. For example, rock climbers sometimes use figure-eights to tie off rope ends to prevent them sliding through a belay device.

The figure-eight is also the foundation of a number of more complex knots, like the figure-eight loop which is useful when you need to tie a loop in the middle of a section of rope, rather than at the end.

To make a figure-eight loop, double your section of rope back on itself (forming a bight) and tie the figure-eight as normal using the doubled rope to make a strong loop.

Take a look at what it should look like: Figure of Eight Knot

Bowline

The bowline is considered one of the most useful knots anyone can learn.

A bowline forms a strong non-slip loop at the end of a length of rope which can be easily untied and has a number of uses while camping.

You could use a bowline to form a semi-permanent loop at the end of a guy rope that has worn out.

It’s great for securing tarp.

Anytime you need a loop at the end of a rope, the bowline is your go-to.

If you struggle to remember this one, try and memorise the mnemonic:

“Up through the rabbit hole, round the big tree; down through the rabbit hole and off goes he.”

The rabbit is the working end, and the tree is the standing end.

This is a fun way to learn and remember the knot.

Start rhyming and practising and you are sure to find many other uses for this “King of Knots.”

View Bowline Knot