Whether you need to tie down a load in a pickup truck or secure yourself while rock climbing, knowing how to properly tie rope knots is a helpful skill. Regardless of whether or not tying knots is a part of your everyday life, learning to tie a few basic, sturdy knots can prove useful. When tying knots, remember that not all ropes are created equally. Even if you have tied a secure knot, an old, deteriorated or damaged rope may still fail. Be sure to always check the rope, your knot and practice often to ensure a secure knot.
Grasp the middle of the rope with your left hand. Grab the bottom, loose end of the rope (also referred to as the working end) in your right hand and loop it up toward the top hand.
Wrap the working end of the rope over the top of the standing rope and loop it around and through the circle that was just created. Direct the working end of the rope upward toward your left hand and behind the standing section of rope.
Slide the working end back through the small loop that has been created above the larger loop and pull tight. Dress the knot by arranging the rope pattern in a neat manner that minimises overlapping.
Lay the ends of two ropes near one another, with approximately 12 to 24 inches of rope overlapping. Grab the end of one rope and wrap it around the other rope and itself, creating two loops below the beginning point of the wrap.
Direct the working end of the rope back up through the two wraps that you just created and pull tight.
Grab the end of the other rope and wrap the working end of the rope around itself and the second rope on the opposite side of the original knot to create two complete wraps. Direct the working end of the rope back up through the two wraps and pull tight. The tails of both knots should be facing in opposite directions.
Dress the knot by pulling both ropes so that the two knots brace against each other.
Hold one end of the rope in your left hand. Using your right hand, wrap the opposite, or working end, of the rope around the standing part of the rope two times.
Direct the working end of the rope up and back towards the other end of the rope.
Loop the working end of the rope around the loose end to create a basic overhand knot. Pull both ends of the rope to secure the knot in place.