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Household Index

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Necktie, Four-in-Hand Necktie, Pratt (Shelby) Necktie, Half Windsor Necktie, Windsor Necktie, Bow Tie Shoelace Bow ShoeLace, Fieggen Child's Swing Tying a Package Butcher's Knot Drapery (Curtain) Tie Back Underwriter's Knot Square (Reef) Sheet Bend Figure 8 Knot Bowline Round Turn & Hitches Trucker's Hitch Constrictor (Twisting) Double O'hand Stopper Barrel Hitch Clove Hitch (End)

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Instructions: Move the mouse over each knot. Look at the description to find out what it can be used for. Click on the knot you wish to see. On the new page wait until the selected knot starts to tie itself.

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Household Knots Index

Household Knots Index

Index of Animated Household Knots

This page provides an Index of Animated Household Knots. Above, the photo of each knot is a link to its Interactive Step by Step Animation. The picture on the right shows all of these knots for a quick reference.

Welcome to Houshold Knots


These animated knots are primarily for use around the home, the yard, the garden, and on the road.


The most requests we received were for animations on how to tie neckties - which explains their prominence in this section. In January 2012 we finally added the Pratt (Shelby) method for tying a necktie. Simple to tie, it produces a pleasingly symmetrical knot.


The emphasis for household knots is on reliability combined with the ability to tie and untie each knot fairly easily. Around the home there are few critical loads and, therefore, not the same concern about safety which applies in Climbing and Search and Rescue. An exception is the Child's Swing. However, the height is only a few feet - and damage from any fall correspondingly limited.

Make a selection from the images above or go to the Options Page.

Disclaimer: Any activity that involves ropes is potentially hazardous. Lives may be at risk - possibly your own. Considerable attention and effort have been made to ensure that these descriptions are accurate. However, many critical factors cannot be controlled, including: the choice of materials; the age, size, and condition of ropes; and the accuracy with which these descriptions have been followed. No responsibility is accepted for incidents arising from the use of this material.

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