Hi Instructables Community,

first of all thanks to all of you who have read, liked and commented on my first Quick Skills Instructable from last week. Another big thank you to all of you have spotted mistakes in the first part and made suggestions for the second part. I have taken additional care with this project and hope that the knots are all correctly tied & described. If you find mistakes or have suggestions for part 3 feel free to post them in the comments

0:14 - Bowline Knot

0:39 - Ashley Bend

1:33 - Alpine Butterfly Loop

2:27 - Double Overhand Stopper Knot

2:57 - Gnat Hitch

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Cheers Alex

Step 1: Bowline

ABoK Ref:


Alternative Names:

Boling Knot

Main Purpose:

The bowline is a relatively secure knot that creates a fixed loop in the end of a rope.


This knot is simple to tie, it does not slip or bind when under load. It can be tied with a single hand and untied when no load (tension) is applied to the rope. It is also possible to link two bowlines to join two ropes.


When not under load the bowline knot can shake loose which is why the bowline should be used with a safety knot such as a double overhand knot for critical uses.

six knots! thanks for the great tutorials!
<p>Very cool thanks for sharing!</p>
Great tutorial! Question, is the gnat hitch the same as an arbor hitch? I couldn't quite see the last step in it.
<p>Hi alanjamesblair, thanks for reading and commenting. The arbor hitch requires an overhand knot (or other stopper knot) as a stopper on the free end to prevent it from slipping. The gnat starts with a half hitch with the free end being passed through the loop of the half hitch.</p><p>I will try to upload some clearer pics tomorrow.</p><p>Cheers Alex</p>
Great! Thanks for the clarification!
<p>I love the Lineman's knot and it is one of my favourites especially for a nondirectional loop in the middle of a line. I love the way it ties and when partially disassembled it is just 2 overhand knots. For a bend, my favourite is the Zeppelin Bend. I think it would be superior to the Ashley Bend and likewise it is just 2 overhand knots but the knot is instead symmetrical. </p><p>Thanks Alex</p>
I agree with the zeppelin bend. Animated Knots by Grog also lists it a superior and less prone to jamming than Ashleys. Instead of the gnat hitch have you tried the loggers hitch? It's very easy and secure and doesn't jam.<br>Good job overall!
I have used the timber hitch for skidding logs behind my ATV (live on an acreage with a wood lot) though I now use my neighbours choker but my go to hitch is really old school round turn and 2 half hitches, as I am a sexagenarian Boy Scout after all.
<p>Hi Wild-Bill,</p><p>thanks for your feedback. I have added the Zeppelin Bend to my list for part 3 ;)</p><p>Cheers Alex</p>
<p>much clearer pictures, on #5. Great instructions.</p>
<p>Love it mate, Subscribed to youtube and following here as well.</p><p>Keep em coming!</p>
<p>I love your instructables and really appreciate the care you put in the details, to make them clear and easy to understand. I just subscribed on You Tube so I can view your other videos. Thanks!</p>
<p>Hi lmeece, thanks a lot for subscribing your support really means a lot to me.</p><p>Cheers Alex</p>
<p>The BowLine is a nice and useful knot but if you are going to bother to learn how</p><p>to tie it you might as well learn the improved version which is more secure and easier to untie (less likely to Jam with heavy loads.). </p><p>This improved version is called the Water-BowLine</p><p>If possible in this series of important knots, you should mention which knots weaken</p><p>the rope the least for important or critical applications.</p><p>ea</p>
<p>Hi preventec47, thanks for reading and your suggestions. I will think about how to implement the strength ratings for the knots in the past and future Instructables. As for the Bowline knot I was actually thinking about adding variations but in the end decided to only go with the basic version for now. I'm still thinking about making a separate Instructable just for bowline variations (e.g. with safety knots, Eskimo bowline, water bowline etc.).</p><p>Cheers Alex</p>
<p>A suggestion: I think it would make more sense to use smaller photos for the first couple/few photos of each knot, where there's little to no chance of confusion, and larger ones when things start to get more complicated and clarity is more important, and where the fingers (and shadows thereof) are more likely to obscure details (e.g. shots 5 and 6 of the Lineman's Loop).</p>
<p>Hi BirdWhistles, thanks for reading and for your suggestions. In the first two parts I was experimenting with screenshots from the actual video instead of taking separate photos with my camera. I though it would save me some time in the editing process but I have now realized that this (tiny) time savings came at the price of clarity and quality. For future projects I will revert to my old practice of making separate photos of whatever process is being shown.</p><p>Thanks again for the feedback.</p><p>Cheers Alex</p>
<p>found the pictures for the gnat hitch to be very unclear. The other 4 were great.</p>
<p>Hi kbrownridge1, thanks for your feedback. I have just exchanged the pictures with fresh ones that I hope are clearer.</p><p>Cheers Alex</p>
Great job! Looking forward to number three, but does the line and knot have any weaknesses?
<p>Hi Dr Collazo, thanks for reading and commenting. The html cell seems to have been lost during formatting or something. Thanks for highlighting that issue which I have just fixed up.</p><p>Thanks Alex</p>
Sorry, lineman's

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