Introduction: What is a Nautical Knot?

A nautical knot is a type of knot often used in rope to create a loop or tie two ropes together. There are many different types of knots and the nautical knot is an important one to learn. Sailors rely on this particular type of knot when they need to secure their boat, fixing it in one place while they are gone. It is fast and easy to learn and use. It’s also a good knot to know in wilderness survival situations. For example, if you were suddenly stranded on an island, having knowledge of nautical knots is what might save your life. A nautical knot can be used for many different application, from tying someone up to making a fishing net.
Types of Knots:
There are many types of knots that all serve a different purpose. Knowing how to tie these knots is an important skill for a fisherman or boater to have. There are many different types of knots, but they can be broken down into two categories, fixed and slip knots. A fixed knot will stay in place without having to hold on to it and a slip knot will come undone on its own. A whip knot is one example of a slip knot that comes undone easily.
Nautical Knots:

the case of the nautical knot
the case of the nautical knot

Nautical Knot Steps: How to Tie a knot

If you’re reading this, you’ve probably never tried to tie a nautical knot before. Maybe you saw someone tie it and want to learn how to do it yourself. The instructions below will help make it easy for you to learn. After reading these instructions, take a small piece of rope or cord and try it yourself. You’ll quickly be tying a nautical knot.
Nautical Knot Steps: How to Tie a knot

the case of the nautical knot
the case of the nautical knot

How to tie the Square Knot

First, prepare the rope you are going to use. What this means is that you’ll need to take the rope you want to use and unravel it in order to make a loop. This is called “bunting”. Once the loop is complete, it should look like this:You’ll see there are four half-circles at the end of your rope. These half-circles are called “eyes”. All nautical knots have at least one eye, such as this one does. Now that your rope is prepared, you can tie the square knot. This particular knot is important because it’s used to tie two ropes together in order to make them sturdy. Here are the steps:
1. Starting at the far end, take one rope and wrap it around the first “eye” from back to front. Then, pass it over and under the next eye, as shown:
2. Take the next rope and wrap it around the “head” of your first loop (the half-circle you just made). Then, pass it over and under the next loop’s head as shown:
3. Now take your third rope and wrap it around this third loop’s head as well. Then, pass it over and under the next loop’s head as shown:
4. Take your fourth rope and wrap it around this fourth loop’s head. Then, pass it over and under the next loop’s head as shown:
5. Now we’re getting halfway through the square knot! Taking your fifth rope, wrap it around this fifth loop’s mouth. Then, pass it over and under the next loop’s mouth as shown below:
6. At the end, take your first rope and wrap it around this seventh loop’s head. Then, pass it over and under the next loop’s head as shown:

the case of the nautical knot
the case of the nautical knot

How to tie the Loop Knot

If you read the square knot instructions above, you will see that there are four separate steps. Don’t panic, it’s perfectly normal to become confused while learning a new type of knot, especially one as tricky as this one. If you’re having trouble with the square knot, try learning the loop knot first. The loop knot is a simpler type of nautical knot and is easier to learn. Here are the steps:
1. Loop the rope around the pole five times (five loops).
2. Pass one end of the line through the fourth loop from the left.
3. Pass the end of that line through the third loop coming from right and left.
4. Pass one end of line through second loop coming from right and left, then pull tight to make a knot behind itself.
5. Pull the two ends of rope to tighten and secure the loop knot.

the case of the nautical knot
the case of the nautical knot