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  8 Basic Knots  
  Reef (or Square) Knot
Used to bind a package or bundle
Sheet Bend
Used to join two ropes together, which may be of unequal thickness


Used to make a non-slipping loop


Taut-Line Hitch
Used as a hitch, which may be drawn up away from what it is looped around to tighten a line.

Sheep Shank
Used to temporarily shorten a rope, or isolate a weak portion of rope.


Clove Hitch
Used to start a lashing, or otherwise loosely attach a rope to a pole.

Two Half Hitches
Used to attach a rope to a pole or guy point. Must be securely tightened.

Timber Hitch
Used to attach a rope to a log for dragging