The Everything Knots Book: Step-By-Step Instructions for Tying Any Knot

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Simple instructions on how to tie over 100 useful and decorative knots

A well-tied knot is at once a practical tool and a work of art. With names like "hangman's noose" and "wagoneer's hitch," knots have a rich history of usefulness and an aesthetic appeal all their own.

From the boat to the backyard, The Everything Knots Book provides simple instructions on how to tie knots for any situation. Written by Randy Penn, a member of the ...

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Overview

Simple instructions on how to tie over 100 useful and decorative knots

A well-tied knot is at once a practical tool and a work of art. With names like "hangman's noose" and "wagoneer's hitch," knots have a rich history of usefulness and an aesthetic appeal all their own.

From the boat to the backyard, The Everything Knots Book provides simple instructions on how to tie knots for any situation. Written by Randy Penn, a member of the International Guild of Knot Tyers, this handy guide walks readers through the basics and offers myriad suggestions for creative uses of these knots.

Mr. Penn shows readers how to:

  • Choose the right rope and knot for the job
  • Tie knots safely and securely
  • Create decorative knots for clothing and accessories
  • Practice knot-tying through games and exercises

Packed with easy-to-follow instructions and clear illustrations, The Everything Knots Book makes learning this useful skill fun and easy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593370329
  • Publisher: Adams Media Corporation
  • Publication date: 4/2/2004
  • Series: Everything Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 382,447
  • Product dimensions: 5.94 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Randy Penn is the editor for Interknot, the quarterly newsletter for the North American Branch of the International Guild of Knot Tyers. He holds a master's degree in physics and has traveled through the United States and England studying the use and history of knots, rope, and ropemaking.

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Table of Contents

Top Ten Reasons for Learning Knots x
Acknowledgments xi
Introduction xiii
Chapter 1 A Little History and Perspective 1
Prehistoric Origins 1
Historical Evidence 3
Signs of Progress 4
Beyond Basic Functions 5
What's in a Name? 6
Today and Tomorrow 7
A Personal Perspective 9
Chapter 2 All about Ropes and Twine 11
Basic Structure and Materials 11
Twisted Ropes 11
Braided and Plaited Ropes 13
Natural Fiber Ropes 15
Synthetic Ropes 17
Choosing the Right Rope 19
Chapter 3 Learning to Tie Knots 23
Book Learning 23
Keeping It All Straight 25
Tips for Tying 27
Knots by Name 30
Knotting Functions 31
Knot-Tying Terms 31
The Right Knot for Any Job 36
Chapter 4 Stopper Knots 41
Stopping and More 41
Multistrand Stopper Knots 43
The Overhand Series 44
Overhand Knot 47
Slipped Overhand Knot 48
Slipped Noose 49
Figure Eight Knot 50
Slipped Figure Eight Knot 52
Stevedore Knot 53
Double Overhand Knot 54
Triple Overhand Knot 55
Oysterman's Stopper 57
Heaving Line Knot 59
Monkey's Fist 60
Wall Knot 62
Crown Knot 63
Matthew Walker Knot 64
Back Splice 66
Chapter 5 Tying Bends 69
Uses and Useful Tips 69
Interlocking Overhand Bends 72
Overhand Bend 73
Water Knot 74
Fisherman's Knot 75
Double Fisherman's Knot 76
Surgeon's Bend 77
Backing Up Bend 78
Sheet Bend 79
Slipped Sheet Bend 81
Double Sheet Bend 82
Carrick Bend 83
Hunter's Bend 85
Ashley's Bend 87
Zeppelin Bend 89
Butterfly Bend 91
Interlocking Overhand Bends 93
Bowline Bend 96
Chapter 6 Tying Loops 97
What's the Use for Loops? 97
Loops by Type 97
Overhand Loop 99
Figure Eight Loop 100
Bowline Loop 101
Double Bowline 105
Butterfly Loop 106
Angler's Loop 108
Directional Figure Eight 110
Honda Knot 112
Eye Splice 114
Portuguese Bowline 116
Triple Figure Eight 118
Bowline in the Bight 120
Triple Bowline 122
Triple Crown Loop 123
Slip Noose 125
Double Overhand Noose 126
Running Bowline 127
Hangman's Noose 128
Chapter 7 Making Hitches 129
Attaching Rope to an Object 129
Leveraged Hitches and Slings 130
Half Hitch 132
Clove Hitch 133
Round Turn and Two Half Hitches 135
Cow Hitch 137
Lobster Buoy Hitch 139
Buntline Hitch 140
Anchor Hitch 141
Timber Hitch 142
Rolling Hitch 143
Tautline Hitch 145
Guy Line Hitch 147
Marlinespike Hitch 149
Pile Hitch 151
Icicle Hitch 152
Trucker's Hitch 154
Wagoner's Hitch 156
Barrel Sling 157
Barrel Hitch 158
Chapter 8 Knots That Bind 159
Basic Applications 159
Tying Binding Knots 160
Reef Knot 161
Slipped and Double Slipped Reef Knots 163
Granny Knot 164
Surgeon's Knot 165
Constrictor Knot 166
Boa Constrictor 169
Loop and Hitches 171
Butcher's Knot 172
Chapter 9 Knots for Lashing 175
Lashing Bundles 175
Lashing Poles 176
Sheer Lashing 177
Transom Knot 179
Square Lashing 180
Diagonal Lashing 182
Parcel Tie 184
Marling 187
Chainstitch Lashing 188
Chapter 10 Decorative Knotting 189
Tying Decorative Knots 189
Three-Strand Braid 191
Ocean Plait Braid 193
Turk's Head 196
Crown Sennit 198
Rope Grommet 200
Coxcombing 202
Chapter 11 Special-Purpose Knots 205
For a Special Purpose 205
By Activity or Pursuit 207
Line to Reel or Spool 211
Improved Clinch Knot 212
Palomar Hook Knot 213
Uni-Knot 214
Double Uni-Knot 215
Dropper Loop 216
Cleat Hitch 217
Buntline Hitch (Necktie) 220
Chapter 12 Protecting and Storing Rope 223
Basic Rope Management 223
Storing Rope in a Coil 224
At Rope's Ends 226
Figure-of-Eight Coil 229
Gasket Coil 231
Common Whipping 233
West Country Whipping 234
Seizing 235
Chapter 13 Teaching Knot Tying 237
Be Prepared 237
Consider the Presentation 238
Teaching Knots in Their Context 240
Loads of Fun Activities 242
Games and Competitions 243
Knotting Projects 244
Chapter 14 The Journey Continues 247
Learn More in a Particular Area 247
Beyond These Pages 248
The Options Are Infinite 253
Don't Be Afraid to Experiment 254
A Number of Knots 259
Testing Your Knot 260
Appendix A Glossary of Terms 261
Appendix B Additional Resources 265
Index 267
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  • Posted January 2, 2012

    Everything you could want.

    This book describes the purpose of each knot listed and does an excellent job demonstrating how each one is tied. There are several different sections for different sorts of knots (decorative, fishing, climbing, etc...). I enjoy tying knots and I have several different books on the subject, if I had found this book first, I'd have one book on the subject, it's that complete and well done.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

    book is ok

    the book has lots of knots but does not show you step by step how make the knots

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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