Handy knots printable {Action Pack 4}

by kath_red on 13/08/2011

in Action Pack Extras, Kids Crafts

Knot tying is a basic & essential life skill. There are lots of different kinds of knots that are useful for different purposes. Learning the basic knots is not only kinda cool & interesting but could one day even save your life! This extract from issue 4 of the Great Outdoors Action Pack we show you how to tie seven different useful knots and explain what you can use them for.

We also provide a handy printable knot guide that you can print out and get laminated to keep in your utility belt. So grab your rope (that you keep in your utility belt – tutorial in Issue 4) and practice these knots when you have a spare moment – a great campfire activity too!

7 Essential knots handy guide: Print out this handy guide. Cut out each square and, if you can, laminate them. Then punch a hole through each corner and tie them together with some string or a key ring loop and store in your utility belt.

DOWNLOAD PDF KNOT GUIDE with handy printable HERE

{Note if you purchased issue 4 of the Action Pack in June – please download this section on knot tying as there was a minor mistake in one of the illustrations – this has now been corrected – sorry for any confusion}

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 kath_red August 13, 2011 at 6:21 pm

These are copyright Whipup.net! Hand drawn by Rob Shugg. These appear in issue 4 of the Action Pack.
Cheers and enjoy


2 Ajax August 15, 2011 at 7:13 am

I think the blood knot is really a clinch knot. Blood knot is used for connecting two lines… ‘jus’ sayin’…


3 Tony Bibbs August 15, 2011 at 4:20 pm

That “Blood Knot” isn’t a blood not at all. It’s a clinch knot. You’d be better off showing the improved clinch not or, better yet, the palomar knot. Blood knot is much more complicated knot for tying two lines of similar diameter together (used quite often in fly fishing or tying leaders).


4 kath_red August 15, 2011 at 5:51 pm

Hi Tony
Thanks for picking this up. However after consultation, our expert still agrees that it is a blood knot – half blood knot, and yes a full blood knot is used to tie two pieces together. While not the best knot for fishing it is the easiest for kids to learn how to tie small hooks. We agree the palomar knot is useful for hook tying – in fact the author prefers a uni knot for tying hooks – but all of these are too tricky for children to use. And in the context of this project which is aimed at the 7-12 age group this knot was the best knot it this situation.

Also regarding your comment on the clinch knot – the clinch knot is very similar however has an extra pass through the larger loop.


5 Tony Bibbs August 15, 2011 at 6:47 pm

I guess that’s fine. But keep in mind I’ve been fishing my whole life and use to own and run http://www.iowaoutdoors.org so if you talk to the average fisherman, my versions will likely be the most commonly used. Regarding the clinch, we refer to what you show as the clinch and the one with the extra pass as you described as the improved clinch. Google won’t call me a liar, I promise: http://bit.ly/mRgzgS


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