Learn simple and reliable knots

Technology is so fixed onto itself, that coming upon web resources about purely offline and silicon-less topics is kind of refreshing.

I’ve picked The Most Useful Rope Knots for the Average Person to Know site from oursignal some time ago and had really enjoyed reading all of it.

What it offers

As lengthy title explains site offers selection of knots that are easy to remember and tie. It is really site aimed at anyone, as opposed to hobbyists that enjoy advanced aspects of more than extensive knots topic.



Site has bit of theory, but most of it is really list of knots and their variations with instructions and photos.

Things to learn

In plain language core things you can learn from site are how to:

  • make reliable fixed or adjustable loops;
  • tie rope to something (hitch);
  • connect ropes together (bend).

Plus more specific and even purely decorative knots.


Site completely lacks design and usability. It is purely informational and could really use some multimedia. It is often difficult to understand complex knots from only few photos and text instructions easily blend into wall of text without paragraphs.

I also hoped to find some info on packing and such of objects with rope, but most of content is focused on rope alone.


Even with limited and fine-tuned selection there is still way too many knots on site. Suggested usage (that makes a lot of sense) is to skim everything but only to choose knot or two from each category and learn them.

Link http://www.layhands.com/Knots/

Offline version http://www.layhands.com/Knots/UsefulRopeKnots.zip (4MB)

So, how do you like a post on… ancient technology for a change? Should I mix such in from time to time? Voice your opinion in comments.

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  • Ishan@ILoveFreeSoftware #

    thats quite a diversion from technology.
  • Rarst #

    @Ishan Yep, but it IS site with good and useful information, which by definition fits my web category. Don't worry, I won't go off the rails suddenly. :) Still I'd like to dip sideways from time to time, it is quite refreshing.
  • tbcii #

    more on knots, & with multimedia http://www.animatedknots.com/ enjoy
  • Rarst #

    @tbcii Thank you! :) Bookmarked to browse later.
  • JeeMan #

    This is very interesting stuff, excellent idea of topic. Thanks for the reading.
  • Rarst #

    @JeeMan Glad you like it. If someone is interested then it wasn't waste of a post. :)
  • Ishan@ILoveFreeSoftware #

    hey.. forgot to mention.. I had originally found this post quite off-topic:) Recently I was trying to tie some stuff at top of my car, and wasn't able to get the right type of knot. I quickly referred to this post at that time. So, this post is indeed useful :)
  • Rarst #

    @Ishan See? :) It might not seen like cutting edge tech... But it is plenty useful when needed.