Celtic Knot


A Celtic Knot has been used for centuries from the Romans to the Saxons. These knots were used for jewelry or for decorations and is still used today. The knot is said to be designed after the Celtic Tree. This tree is said to symbolize many things, including wisdom, strength and longevity. It is said to make a connection between spirit and earth.

How to Tie a Celtic Knot

It is not difficult to make a Celtic knot, but tightening of the knot will take some practice.

  1. Take a cord or string to practice tying the knot. You will need about 2 feet to work with.
  2. There will be two sides you are working with, right side and left side. Secure the left side with tape or pins to a surface while learning how to make this knot. First, tie the two ends together and then fasten the left side to a surface.
  3. Next you will want to make a loop, about the size of a quarter. Take the string that is on the right side and you will want to thread it over the other side, or left side of the string, then again back over the right.
  4. The objective is to keep making loops from the right side to left side. You want to go up and under each time alternating. As you beginning to make loops, you should start to see a square emerge and form your knots.
  5. The final step is to keep looping the string around the top portion of the knot. To finish up, take the string and take it under and then make a final crossing to complete the knot.

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Rolling Hitch

Rolling hitch is a method used to tie a rope to a post. It can also be tied to a rod or other rope. The rolling hitch is designed to vertically resist movement for a direction of pull.


3 Different Methods of Rolling Hitches

The first is the rolling hitch used to tie the rope to a pole.

  1. Turn the rope around the object. Have the loose ends toward the direction for pulling and between the standing part and the object.
  2. Go around the object again, making sure the wrap is facing the direction of pull. Have the loose ends over the standing part in the opposite direction of pull.
  3. Move the object in the same direction as the starting turns.
  4. Tighten the rope around the object before connecting the load.

The second way is the rolling hitch used to tie the rope to another rope.

  1. Make a turn around the object with the loose ends between the object and standing part. Cross over the standing part away from the pulling direction.
  2. Make a second turn exactly as the first.
  3. Move the rope around the object in the same direction as the starting turns.
  4. Tighten the rope around the object before connecting the load.

The third is the magnus hitch. This hitch is more secure under weight.

  1. 1. Make a turn around the object with the loose ends toward the pulling direction and between the standing part and the object.
  2. 2. Wrap around the object, making sure the wraps are going in the direction of the pull.
  3. 3. Have the loose ends over the standing part in the opposite direction of the pull.
  4. 4. Tighten the rope around the object before connecting the load.

Clove Hitch

The Clove Hitch is one of the most widely used knots in boating, rock climbing, commercial fishing, and the Scouts. Its simplicity, two half hitches side by side, makes it easy for greenhorns and novices to learn. The clove hitch is quick to tie and great for temporarily securing boats to a piling or as a lashing. Usually utilized as a crossing knot, although; it can have a tendency to slip apart when repeatedly strained and released. While under tension this knot may be difficult to untie. If the load end of the line needs to be adjustable then the clove hitch is a viable choice.


How to Tie a Clove Hitch

To tie the clove hitch you will need a half a fathom of line and a narrow pole or railing:

  1. Take one end of the line and wrap it clockwise around the pole one time.
  2. Cross it over the top of the previous coil while wrapping it clockwise again, and when you come around this time tuck the end under the wrap alongside the previous one.
  3. The end will be pointing away from the other end and then just pull the knot tight.

There are a couple of variations to this knot, but this is the easiest way.

Girth Hitch

A girth hitch is also known by several other names such as strap hitch, cow hitch, lark’s head, and lanyard hitch. This knot is used tying a sling to your harness in climbing. It is known that this knot reduces the strength of the sling and is not suggested for attaching two slings together unless the reduction of the strength is not going to impact the use of the slings.

This knot is very simple to use and has been used in history for all sorts of purposes from helping to haul things onto ships to surgical knots. Some other uses besides climbing that this knot is used into today would be large cables that are being hung such as telephone and cable television cables. This knot keeps the cables from becoming damaged while trying to hang them. It is also the same knot used on luggage tags.

Girth Hitch

  1. Take the loop of the strap and place it around the harness rope.
  2. Take the opposite end of the strap through the loop.
  3. Make sure that the strap with the loop lies neatly against the rope.
  4. Then pull to make the knot tight.

Water Knot

The Water Knot is used in place of other knots for many reasons. For example, when you have to tie two pieces of rope or webbing together so that it will holds this knot will work wonders. Many people will use this know where a square knot will not hold up. This knot is easy to tie and has many practical uses including hiking.

How to Tie a Water Knot

  1. Tie a loose overhand knot in the end of one strap.
  2. Thread the end of the other strap in the reverse direction. You want to follow the exact path of the first overhand knot.
  3. Pull this tight and your knot is complete.

Trilene Knot

One of the greatest multipurpose knots for fishermen is the trilene knot. There is little if any point in fishing if the knot connecting one’s line to their hook isn’t strong enough to hold onto the catch. The trilene knot can be used to connect monofilament line to a variety of artificial lures and hooks. Most importantly, though, it resists slippage, and therefore it effectively protects your prized catch by retaining 85% of the lines strength.

How To Tie a Trilene Knot

  1. Carefully send the line through the eye of the hook twice. This step should be done loosely so that there is a loop left behind the eye of the hook.
  2. Taking care to avoid the loop, wrap approximately six times around the line above the hook. Wrapping should be done in the upward direction starting approximately one centimeter from the eye of the hook.
  3. Send the remaining line through both the loop resulting at the base of the wrap and the loop going through the eye of the hook.
  4. Pull the knot tightly to insure that it is strong and enjoy a fun day of fishing.

Timber Hitch

The timber hitch, as its name suggests, is a knot that is often used by lumbermen to attach a rope to a tree trunk. In this context it is often used to pull a tree in a desired direction when it is being taken down. However, the potential functions for this knot have the ability to go far beyond the roots of its name. The timber hitch can be used on any long object, such as a beam or post, to attach a rope and provide a tight hold. This makes it particularly useful for dragging heavy objects. Use the following simple steps to tie your own timber hitch.

How to Tie a Timber Hitch Knot

  1. Begin by sending the rope behind the object.
  2. Holding the tail end of the rope in the dominant hand and the standing rope in the other, pass the tail end around the standing end.
  3. Wrap the tail end of the rope around the working part, which wraps around the object, approximately three times.
  4. Finally, tighten the knot by pulling on the tail and standing ends.

Square Knot

A square knot is used to tie the two ends of a single line together so that they will secure something. For example you could use your square knot to tie a bundle of objects together. Since a square knot will lie flat when it is made of fabric, it has also been used in the medical field for things like tying bandages. Sometimes the square knot is used to tie belts for martial arts such as karate or jiu-jitsu. Boys are also required to tie a square knot before they can join the Boy Scouts.

How to Tie a Square Knot

  1. Start with two pieces of rope that are close in diameter. We’ll call them rope 1 and rope 2 for the purposes of this demonstration.
  2. Hold the end of rope 1 in your left hand and the end of rope 2 in your right hand.
  3. Cross rope 1 over rope 2 to form an X.
  4. Wrap rope 1 once to the right around rope 2, just like the first step in tying a bow in your shoestrings. Rope 1 is now to the right and rope 2 is to the left.
  5. Cross rope 1 over rope 2 again to form another X.
  6. Wrap rope 1 once to the left around rope 2.
  7. Now just pull on both free ends to tighten the knot and you’re finished!

I think that with these instructions you will be well on your way to tying a perfect square knot. Just remember to be patient, have fun, and practice, practice, practice.

Snell Knot

Whether you are a new or an old hand to fishing, learning the basics will definitely increase your enjoyment while decreasing the frustration that you possibly will encounter while holding a hook and a line. One important thing that needs to be considered before making the first cast is tying a good knot. Though some people will just buy a pre-snelled hook, learning how to tie a snell knot is a priceless skill to attain.

How to Tie a Snell Knot

  1. Using your non-dominant hand, hold the hook while the other hand holds the line.
  2. Hold the tag end of the line and insert 4-5 inches long of it through the hook’s eye.
  3. Create a big loop of the line and insert the tag end back through the hook’s eye; in the same manner you did it the first time. Take it alongside the hook’s shank for about a half inch. Hold the line’s tag end against the hook’s shank.
  4. Take the big loop down under and insert the hook through it.
  5. Create 8-10 tight loop turns around the hook’s shank.
  6. Using your fingers, hold the tightly drawn loop turns in place. Once all the turns are complete, keep holding the loops while pulling the line gently and firmly from the hook’s eye and pulling tightly the loops against the shank and sliding them towards the hook’s eye.
  7. Pull the line’s tag end down towards the hook’s barb as firmly as possible. For a better grip, you can make use of a plier. Trim the line’s tag end to about 1/8 inch of the looped line.

And there you go, about two or three tied snell knots are all it takes to get you started cranking them out.

Slip Knot

This extremely quick-to-form and easy-to-use knot is popular because of its capability for self-tightening and rapid release. A slipknot is easily made using a straight length of material ranging from lightweight string to heavy-duty rope.

In the early days of the American frontier, the slipknot became a useful way to restrain a wayward animal such as a steer or dog. Due to the fact the slipknot self-tightens quickly, this knot became used as a noose for hanging criminals. Today, in countries where death by hanging is still deemed to be an acceptable legal procedure, the slipknot/noose is used.

In the medical world, the slipknot is used to expose veins during insertion of IV lines or to draw blood for testing purposes. Some dermatologists use a slipknot formed with dental floss to remove small non-cancerous tumors or knots on the epidermal layer of the skin. Upon completion of slipknot formation, the string is cut. As the slipknot interrupts circulation of blood to the area, the tumor will drop off after about 24 hours. In First Aid, the tourniquet used to slow or stop wound bleeding is formed using the slipknot technique.

How to Tie a Slip Knot

  1. Using a length of tying material ranging from six to 12 inches, grasp the opposing ends in each hand.
  2. Create a loop by crossing one end over the other end.
  3. Grasp the cross-point of the loop firmly between the thumb and fingers.
  4. Pass the opposite hand through the loop. As this end is pulled through the original loop, a second loop will be created.
  5. Move the hands in opposite directions while twisting the loop in a tightening motion.