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Four Knots to Know How to Tie

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Ms. Millar has been an online writer for 10 years. She enjoys sharing her knowledge with anyone who can make use of it.

Four Important Knots

Here you will find four basic knots that I've found to come in handy on a daily basis. Tying a good strong knot is of the utmost importance sometimes. Learning how to tie a knot, and tie it well, can mean the difference between dumping a load of trash on the freeway or your couch coming loose when you're moving and landing on the hood of the car behind you!

Read the short instructional and follow along with the accompanying video and you'll be tying knots in no time at all!

Emergency Release Knot

Emergency Release Knot

The emergency release knot is a common knot found when tying a horse. You never know when a horse is going to panic about something and this knot can be released with a simple pull of the rope.

To create this knot:

  • loop your rope around the item you're tying your horse to.
  • using the excess length, bring a loop up through the first loop.
  • using the same excess length, bring another loop up through the loop.

Continue bringing loops up through the previous loop until you have the rope five or six loops long. To release just pull the excess cord hanging down. (see video)

Clip Knot

Clip Knot

I call this the clip knot because it is the knot that I always use to hold the clips on lead lines and my dog leashes. I've had horses break the clip while this knot remained true!

To tie this knot:

  • Set your clip where you want it on the leash or lead line.
  • Fold the line over onto itself.
  • make a loop with the doubled lines.
  • Bring the end back through the loop.
  • Pull tight.

(see video)

Square Knot

Square Knot

The square knot is a great way to connect two ropes; it's a strong knot and easy to remember. It's left over right, and then, right over left. :

  • With a length of rope in each hand. Take the left length of rope and put it over the right length of rope.
  • Then take the right length of rope and put it over the left length of rope.
  • Pull the two ends opposite each other to tighten.

(see video)

Old Western Knot

Old Western Knot or Hangman's Noose

I prefer calling this knot the Old Western Knot. It's a single slide knot, meaning that one length of the rope slides. When the sliding length of rope on this knot is pulled the loop becomes smaller. It can become highly difficult to loosen this loop once it has become snug. Use this knot with care. To tie this knot:

  • With one length of rope create an "S".
  • With one end of the rope twist it around seven times.
  • Slide the end of the seven twisted length into the loop.
  • Now pull the other ends loop until it becomes snug enough to hold the other end threaded through the loop.

(see video on YouTube)

More Knots!

Those are the more common knots you will find. They are just a sampling of the many, many knots you can tie.

If you're interested in learning to tie more knots these links go to awesome videos about knot tying!

Monkey's Fist Knot

Highwayman's Hitch

Stopper Knot

Angler's Loop

Honda Knot (Lasso Tie)

Spanish Bowline

Lanyard Knot

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Joanna


Joanna (author) from Wilseyville on September 19, 2012:

Thank you Phil Plasma! The video's were fun to make!

Phil Plasma from Montreal, Quebec on September 17, 2012:

Great instructions; one never knows when a good knot comes in handy. Having the videos was especially helpful. Voted up and useful.