Six Knots You really should To Know

Posted by Stacy on 2/5/2013
This is not specifically paracord related, but these knots are useful for anyone. Suppose you need to attache your paracord to a larger diameter rope or cord? You may want to try the sheet or double sheet knot. Tying something down? Use a backhand hitch.


Speaker 1: Today on Repairs101 I’m want to share with you these six knots that I really believe that everyone should know how to tie. Now some people are under the mistaken idea that if you can’t tie a knot you should just tie a lot. As funny and clever as that sounds, it’s really not the case. The best thing you can do is learn how to tie a proper knot and that’s why I’m here to show you today. What I do here on Repairs101 is I teach skills. Knot tying is a skill that absolutely everybody needs to know. These knots will serve you well for the rest of your life.

Twenty years ago I packed my car and left Toronto where I was born and raised and headed here for Vancouver. I headed out on my own to drive the 4400 kilometers to get here. I came here to work on the trees because man, they’ve got a lot of trees here! Oh, yeah, they’ve got trees here. To sail, I wanted to be able to go sailing in my spare time. I got a place by the beach. I could leave my car at home and walk the 10 or 15 minutes that took to get to Granville Island, where I could launch a boat and spend my day out sailing on English Bay.

Both my job and my hobbies required that I woul be very good with ropes. Simple “half hitch” just make a loop and tuck it through itself. That’s a simple half hitch. Hey, so half hitch. Just take it, put a loop in it, tuck it through the loop and you’ve got a half hitch. Okay, this one’s called “a square knot”. The idea is you have two ends, left goes over the right and you make the twist. Then the right goes over the left and you make the twist. That’s called “the square knot”. Left over right and then take the right over the left and that’s a square knot. It’s also referred to as a reef knot in sailing and used to reef sails. If you do it wrong, if you do left over right and then left over right again, you’ll get something called “a granny knot”. I think the reason they call it a granny knot is because my granny can tie better knots than that.

“The sheet band” is best used when you’re trying to join two pieces of uneven rope. One big piece, one small piece set. The idea behind the sheet band is first of all you want to make a loop. You take the other rope and you come up through the loop. You come up through the loop, and pass it around behind and then you pass it underneath itself. That alone is called “a sheet band”. A sheet band will hold. You can tow a boat with just that knot, okay? If you’re going to apply a really extreme load, I would recommend that you take this and go around twice for what’s called “a double sheet band”, okay? Again, you can put a lot of load on that and when you’re done it will come apart nice and easy just by pulling on it like that, okay? Make a loop through it. Bring the tail into the smaller piece through the loop. Go around behind it, go underneath. That’s a single, but I’m going to go around again and underneath again. That is a double sheet band. I’ll just tuck it down for you there. That’s what a double sheet band would look like.

Okay, everybody knows about “the bowline” but I’ll just show you anyway. Of course it’s best used when you’re trying to make a loop in the end of a rope so you need to make a bend in it like that. Then everybody knows the old story, of course, where the snake comes out of the hole and goes around the tree, goes back down into the hole again. That gives you your classic bowline knot. Some people tell that story as it’s a rabbit, I guess because they’re cuter. Bend like that. Make a loop in it like this. Come up through, go around and go back down and through againand you’ve got a bowline.

If you’re going to rely on a half hitch knot to hold your horse or your boat, I think they might get away on you. Okay, so “clove hitch” is going to be used when you need to latch your rope to say a post, a hitching post, uphold the [gunner inaudible 00:04:30] boat, a handrail or something. You just need to tie something onto the pipes [inaudible 00:04:36]. You just go over it and you cross over like that. See? I’m crossing it over like that in order that I can tuck it in, okay? There you go, just like that. That’s a clove hitch, just an awesome knot. The clove hitch, cross over to your right, then cross over towards your left and then bring it up through the center like that, and you’ve got a clove hitch. This is a great knot for securing things quickly, like your horse or your boat, or what have you? Okay, imagine if you just wanted to tie loosely something to it, then that’s a really good use for the bowline. Again, the bowline, you just take the end of your rope, throw it around the other side of the object that you’re going to tie it onto. Put a loop into it, have the snake come out of the hole. Go around the tree. Go back down the hole again, and you’ve got a bowline.

Now on the other hand, if you do want a knot that tightens up, try “the backhand hitch”, okay? You want to throw it over, cross over and then go back in the other direction. Then you just need to lock this off with two half hitches, one like that, two like that. Looks a little messy right now, but I’ll show you. It’s just an awesome knot,and it tightens itself. The more load you put against it the tighter it becomes and it won’t let go. It’s just a fantastic load knot called “the backhand hitch”.

Attaching a ladder to your roof rack on your car or something, you might want to try this. This is just a great knot called the backhand hitch. Just pass it through there like that. When you come around the side, you simply tie a half hitch. Tie another half hitch to lock it up, and there you have it! It’s just a great all-around knot called the “backhand hitch.” It’s very reliable, takes extremely high loads. Always unties easily after you’ve used it, no matter how much of a load you put on it. It will untie easily.

Now a good knot will untie really easily, as opposed to a bad knot is very difficult to untie. Sometimes it can’t be untied. Sometimes you have to cut it. Sometimes you put it in a vise and whack on it with a hammer and a crowbar. The best thing you can do is, of course, learn how to select and tie the proper knot for the occasion.
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