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Basic Knots

Animated Knots is a link that shows you how to tie over 100 knots.

Knots:  Square Knot

Used to bind a package or bundle.  Remember, right over left, left over right.

Knots: Bowline

The Bowline is best for forming a loop or eye, it doesn't jam and it's easy to undo if not under load.
Some people find the bowline easier learn by saying "the rabbit comes out of its hole, round the tree and back down the hole again".

Knots: Clove Hitch

Used to start a lashing, or otherwise loosely attach a rope to a pole.

Knots: Sheet Bend
Double sheet bend

Used to join two ropes together, which may be of unequal thickness.
The Double Sheet Bend on the right, is no stronger than the single, but is more secure.

Knots:  Taught Line Hitch

Used as a hitch, which may be drawn up away from what it is looped around to tighten a line.

Knots:  Sheep Shank

Used to temporarily shorten a rope, or isolate a weak portion of rope.

Knots:  Two Half Hitches

Used to attach a rope to a pole or guy point. Must be securely tightened.

Knots:  Timber Hitch

Used to attach a rope to a log for dragging.

Knots:  Bowline on a Bite

A clasic two-loop bowline tied in a bight

Knots:  Surgeons Knot

A secure bundling knot. Variation of the reef knot that will not slip as it is being tied.

Turks Head Knot

Bring the rope up in front of your form, pass around behind it, and then around front again, crossing over the first pass you made.

turk 1
Now take the working end behind the form again, and bring it to the front, crossing your last pass, and parallel to the first one. turk 2
Now tuck the working end under the first pass you made. turk 3
Roll the form toward you. Your working end should now be on the bottom, and your previous work should show two, mostly parallel, ropes. turk 4
This is the only tricky part. Look for the parallel rope that is furthest from your working end, and pull it over the other rope, making a small opening or eye. turk 5
Now tuck your working end over the first rope, down through the eye you just formed, amd under the second rope. Now take the working end up and over the form. turk 6
Roll the form back towards you. Believe it or knot, the basic Turkshead is now done! It only has one pass, though, so you will probably want to double or triple it.

Take the working end and tuck it next to your very first rope, and thread it into and out of the knot, always staying exactly next to the first pass you made.
turk 7
This image shows a doubling pass almost completed. Remember, you're just putting one pass right next to the previous one.

Neckerchief slides can be made with a doubled or tripled Turkshead.
turk 8
The ends of a Turkshead should always be hidden, tucked into the knot. One thing I like to do is bring the ends up between two of the passes before tightening the knot.

Tightening the Turkshead is essential, and is done by slowly working the ends through, until it is firm.
turk 9