Knots are used for a variety of purposes, especially by those who spend time around boats. In fact, some of the staff at our equipment leasing company decided to learn about tying knots. The only way to keep a new boat safe is to learn the best way to tie it down. Children and youth, especially members of scouting groups, also tend to be interested in knots.
The bowline is one of the most basic knots, and it can actually be tied with one hand. It essentially contains just one large loop at the end of the rope. How to Tie a Bowline Knot gives detailed step-by-step instructions for tying this knot, and includes pictures and a video.
The clove hitch is a more complex knot. It involves rolling the rope around into different loops and twisting those loops together to form a knot. It's one of the knots that Scouts are required to learn. Realknots.com shows what this knot looks like and how to tie it. Knots: Clove Hitch uses animation to show how to tie a clove hitch.
Figure Eight, Flemish Knot, Savoy Knot
The figure eight is one of the first knots a child learns to tie. It is sometimes called a Flemish knot or a Savoy knot. The knot is tied by creating two loops and pulling one through the other to create the shape of the number eight. Figure-Eight Knot explains the steps for creating the knot, and has an image of the finished product. Knots: Figure of Eight uses an animation to show how to tie the knot.
Fisherman's Knot, Improved Clinch Knot
The fisherman's knot gets its name from the fact that anglers once used it, but it's also known as the improved clinch knot. The knot is made by twisting the rope or string around another object, and then pulling the loose end through the loops. Tying the Fisherman's Knot gives step-by-step instructions for tying this knot.
Lark's Head, Cow Hitch, Lanyard Hitch
The lark's head is typically used to tie farm animals to a pole. It's also known as the cow hitch or the lanyard hitch. The rope is twisted around the pole and then over the loose end of the rope to hold the knot in place. The Cow Hitch offers a video guide to tying a lark's head.
Square Knot, Reef Knot
The square knot or reef knot is related to a variety of different knots, including the knots used in tying shoes. The rope is twisted into an X shape and then a U shape to tie the knot. How to Tie a Square Knot Properly gives a guide to tying a square knot.
Rolling Hitch, Magner's Hitch, Magnus Hitch
A rolling hitch, Magner's hitch, or Magnus hitch is a type of knot that wraps around a pole or another piece of rope. Once you pull the loose end out of the rope, the knot is tied. The Rolling Hitch provides step-by-step instructions for creating the knot. The Rolling Hitch or Magnus and Magner's Hitch gives more information about this knot.
Round Turn and Two Half Hitches
This type of knot ties around a standing object such as a pole. It's fairly complex, but it doesn't take long to learn the process. Round Turn and Two Half Hitches shows a video and steps for tying the knot.
The sheepshank involves folding the knot in half and looping the ends of the rope on both sides. Knots: Sheepshank has an animated video showing how the knot is tied.
This knot uses two different ropes. A loop put in one rope forms the knot when the edge of the second rope is pulled through. The Sheet Bend provides step-by-step instructions and a video tutorial on creating the knot. Knots: Sheet Bend also shows how the knot is tied.
Double Sheet Bend
The double sheet bend is a similar knot to the regular sheet bend, except that it involves placing a second knot into the ropes for more strength. Double Sheet Bend shows how it's used in sailing, and how it's made.
The thief knot's name comes from travelers who once tied their bags closed this way, so that they could quickly see whether anyone had opened their bags. Thief Knot is a YouTube video demonstrating how to tie this knot. How to Tie a Thief Knot gives step-by-step instructions.
Thumb Knot, Overhand Knot
The thumb knot or overhand knot is the easiest knot to tie because it looks like a pretzel that has been pulled together. The Thumb Knot provides more information on this knot, as well as an animation which shows how to tie it.
The timber hitch is a pretty difficult knot because the rope wraps around a pole and around itself several times before it's closed off. Timber Hitch shows how this knot is made. Wikipedia also shows several /images of the knot.