Rope Knot Library

Sheepshank Knot

The Sheepshank is a method used to "shorten" a rope. It can also be used to take the load off a weak spot in a rope that has been frayed or damaged. This is only a temporary knot and should not be used for purposes such as climbing.


1. Form loops by folding the rope over the section of rope needing repaired in an “S” shape.

2. Now form a small loop on the end of your S and pass the lower end of the S through it.

Double Sheet Bend Knot

The double sheet bend is ideal for joining ropes of equal or unequal diameter, joining wet ropes, or tying a rope to an eye. It will not slip or draw too tight under heavy loads. Not surprisingly, this knot is more secure than the single sheet bend, especially when used in a spliced eye.


1. Form a bight, or a curve, in the thicker rope and hold it in one hand.

2. Pass the thinner rope through the bight and behind the tail and standing ends.

3. Tuck the smaller rope under itself to finish the knot.

Double Bowline Knot

The double bowline is a good choice if you need more strength than a single bowline knot can provide. It is historically known as a boating knot, but can also be valuable for anglers, hikers, climbers, and more. It forms a single loop and will not tighten or slip under strain.


1. Create a double loop in your straightened line.

2. Pull one of the ends through the dual loops. Lead this end around the backside of the rope, then bring it back through the double hoops a second time.

Two Half Hitch Knot

Two Half Hitches is a reliable knot and will hold whether or not under load. It is exactly what its name implies. One Half Hitch and then another tied on top of the first. The Two Half Hitches knot is perfect for hanging clotheslines or hammocks between two trees or posts. Great overall knot for securing items - used a lot for camping and cargo.


Clove Hitch Knot

The Clove Hitch is one of the most widely used knots to fasten a rope to a post or other objects, and can be tied at any point in the rope. It is most effective for items that have constant pressure against them, such as objects that hang vertically. It's also great for clotheslines and various camp activities.


1. Pass the end of a rope around a pole.

2. Continue over the standing end and wrap around the pole a second time.

3. Thread the end under itself and pull tight to form a clove hitch knot.


Trucker's Hitch Knot

The Trucker's Hitch is a system of knots that gives you leverage to take up slack. It is a good knot for securing things to your car and should always be used with synthetic rope of appropriate size. A self-binding knot, the Trucker's Hitch is popularly used for attaching canoes to car tops, or a tarp to a trailer. Also, the knot is very easy to untie.



1. Take a rope that is attached to an object on the opposite end, such as a post or the roof rack on your car.  

Tautline Hitch Knot

This is a knot that will make you a hero when the winds blow and the rains come. It’s the go-to knot to use on tent and tarp guy lines, because you can tighten or loosen the knot in a split-second to add or reduce tension to a rain fly or tarp.

That keeps the cover fabric tight, which helps shed rain. Learn to tie it, and you’ll be able to adjust guy lines in the dark, without a flashlight, just as the heavens open.

Timber Hitch Knot

The Timber Hitch is a useful knot especially when an object such as a log needs to be drug. For it to work properly, constant tension must be maintained. Slack and erratic pulling can loosen the knot. This knot can be a helpful way to pull or tow a wide variety of objects in the field.


1. Pass the end of the rope around the pole or log and then around the standing end.

2. Wrap the end around itself three times and tighten so that the three turns are gripped against the pole or log.

Bowline Knot

The bowline is historically known as a boating knot, but can be a valuable knot for anglers too. It forms a single loop and will not tighten or slip under strain. The bowline is often used to give lures a more erratic swimming action when retrieved. This knot is also a good safety knot, and is often used for climbing and emergencies.


1. Form a small loop leaving enough rope for the desired loop size.

2. Pass the end of the rope through the loop as though making an overhand knot.