Can you tie a proper knot?

As a kid I was taught a few basic knots that cover most situations but I'm often surprised by how many people were never taught more than a basic overhand knot or how to tie shoe laces.
So can you tie real knots or do you just put in 5 overhand knots and hope for the best?
Can you tie a proper knot?
I can tie real knots and I know the names
Vote A
I can tie real knots but I don't know what they're called
Vote B
I just make a big tangle and pray it holds
Vote C
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  • I was a Boy Scout, and I can tie 8 or 10 different styles of knots, and I use a few of them at least occasionally. For example, my grandfather taught me how to put loops in a single piece of rope so that when you are securing a load of stuff in the bed of a truck, you can tighten each course of the rope really securely. He just called it "trucker's knots" and my uncle and cousin on the other side of my family (who are both truckers) use the same thing, so it's definitely a thing.

    I also use a knot that's commonly used to attack fishing hooks, because it makes a very strong way to bond two strings/ropes/cables together. Since I run cables for a living, this comes in very handy.

Most Helpful Guy

  • Unfortunately, I never learned about knots. I know how to tie a few that are useful (beyond shoe laces and neck ties), but I don't even know their names.

    I did fall in love with Celtic knot work, though. Some of those, like the one in your photo are really elegant and beautiful. Some are simple and some are incredibly complex. They show up in lots of artwork. But I've also seen some made of reeds or cords that are framed.
    I've spent time studying photos from ancient Irish manuscripts like the Book of Kells.

Most Helpful Girl

  • I can tie a few different knots, but I don't remember many of the names. I had to learn some new ones in the Army National Guard for towing equipment.

    • Thanks for MHO!

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  • I planned to attend the US Naval Academy, so I took classes in marlinespike seamanship. I can tie knots, splice, and make lashings and whippings (those aren't what you think, Poppy- you naught girl).

  • I do rigging for stage lighting/pa/video etc. I have to tie a few different knots correctly, and if I don't tie the right not and don't tie it correctly people can get seriously injured.

  • yes, but I don't know the British names for it...

  • I can tie a few different knots, but I never learnt the names of them.

  • Beyond a double knot I've never had the need to know or use more.

  • I regularly use proper knots when climbing. And I know the names from Scouts.

  • I'm a professional Yacht Builder, Classic Ship Aficionado and part-time sailing instructor :)
    I know some twenty-ish practical and decorative knots (and ties and hitches) and their names in two languages. Some others I know of, but would need to look them up.
    And there are some tying techniques (like whipping or splicing) that aren't knots - but useful.
    Damn! - Why do I sound like bragging? :D

  • I use a slip knot, square knot, bowline, and half hitch and probably some others. I do not know how to tie a necktie. I am actually a little bit proud of that.

    • Same here. If ever I'm forced to wear a necktie, I'll use the hangman's tie :)

    • @andreasderjuengere I had my wife tie it for me and just leave in in my closet

  • Figure 8, prussick, girth hitch, bowline, square knot, water knot, locking wrap...

  • I can tie my shoes, that's about it.

  • As a sailor I had to learn the various knots and when and where to use them. I still have a book with all of the various knots.

  • I can barely keep my shoes tied, lol.

  • I can tie my own ties when needed lol

  • I was a Boy Scout and a Sailor. I know knots.

  • No, cause it always ends in divorce...

  • Not like that lol

  • No I hate knots