From knot-tying to lashings and hitches, a Scout can never know too much about ropework. Unfortunately, as with all things, if you don't use your skills, you'll lose them. Here is some handy reference material, for the beginner and experienced alike, compliments of The free app Knots3D is also an excellent reference.

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Connect two ropes of equal size end-to-end.

Square Knot

Connect two ropes of unequal size.

Sheet Bend

Connect two ropes with a compact, neat knot.

Double Fisherman's Bend

Stop a rope's end from unraveling.

Common Whipping

Make a secure loop in the end of a piece of rope, such as when securing a rope to a post or ring.


Make a secure loop in the middle of a piece of rope.

Alpine Butterfly Loop

Make an adjustable loop in a piece of rope.

Taut Line Hitch/ Midshipman's Hitch

Bind two poles at a 90-degree angle to one another.

Square Lashing

Bind poles that cross each other between 45- and 90- degrees.

Diagonal Lashing

Combine two poles to make a longer pole.

Round Lashing

Join three poles together to make a tripod.

Tripod Lashing

Bind two poles to one another at an angle less than 45-degrees, most frequently right next to each other. Frequently used by separating the poles at the opposite end and creating an A-frame.

Shear Lashing

Secure a rope to a post or ring.

Two Half Hitches

Bind a rope to a post, using either the end or middle of the rope.

Clove Hitch

Coil a rope.

Gasket Coil

Lift a barrel or bucket or other using a rope.

Barrel Hitch

Tie a rope to a cylindrical object.

Timber Hitch

Better to know a knot and not need it, than need a knot and not know it.

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