Bushcraft – Knots

Knot tying is a useful skill for outdoor enthusiasts. They can assist with many jobs, like first aid, outdoor work activities, recreational sports and many survival situations.

  • Level 1
    • Knots at the end of a rope: Thumb or Overhand, Figure Eight.
    • Joining ropes: Reef knot, Thief knots, Sheet bend.
    • Loops in a rope: Bowline, Slip knots.
    • Tying a rope to an object: Clove hitch.
  • Level 2
    • Joining ropes: Fisherman knots.
    • Looping in rope: Man-harness, chair.
    • Tying rope to an object: Rolling, slippery, timber hitch, round turn, two half hitches.
This knot the simplest of the single strand stopper Knots. It can be used to prevent the end of a piece of rope unraveling.

Thumb or Overhand Knot

This knot even after it has been jammed tightly against a block will not bind; it can be undone easily.

Figure Eight Knot

This knot is commonly used for tying bandages, packages or joining two pieces of rope together. Note: The ends of the rope exit on the same sides (both on top or both on bottom).

Reef or Square Knot

This knot resembles the Reef Knot except that the working ends exit on opposite sides (diagonally on top and bottom). Due to this subtle difference, the knot has no strength and will slip and jam when loaded and is thus is a completely unreliable and virtually useless knot.

Thief Knot

The sheet bend or weaver’s knot, is used for tying together two ropes of unequal thickness or tying rope to an eye. This knot will draw tight, though can be loosened through slacking the lines.

Sheet Bend

This knot makes a secure loop in the end of a piece of rope. Under load, it does not slip or bind. With no load it can be untied easily.


Slip Knot

Alternatives: Round Turn, Two Half Hitches, Rolling Hitch, Bowline

Clove Hitch

Fishman’s Knot

This knot is a loop in the rope used multiple people are to pull a load. Typically one end of the rope is tied to a load, and one man harness knot per puller will be tied along its length.

Man Harness Knot