It’s never possible to be proficient at too many knots. I would guess that most people only know how to tie a few, in fact. A sample of a knot-tying book made me realize how few I actually know and use regularly.
40 Knots and How to Tie Them, by Lucy Davidson, is one of the best books I’ve seen for knot-tying. The knots she shares run the gamut from everyday use to the more esoteric, and the drawings make it easy to see what to do while practicing.
Davidson also provides projects throughout the book, from the classic (hearkening back to my childhood’s macramé plant hanger) to the cool (coasters!) to the amazing (DIY hammock). Each has simple steps to follow to get good results.
Whether you’re a climber, a sailor, a camper, or just an everyday person that needs a reference on knot-tying, this is a useful book. It’s not too large to bring along on trips and its bright orange cover makes it easy to spot wherever you store it.
This book is also appropriate for younger readers, as it’s a nice combination of instructional manual along with lessons on possible uses for the knots. My younger sons have spent some time with the book and love the knots that won’t slip but are easily untied.
For fun and also practical reading, 40 Knots and How to Tie Them is a nice addition to your home library. Bring it along while camping, climbing, sailing, or other travel both as a utilitarian piece of gear, but also as a way to while away inclement weather or other down times.
*Book provided for editorial purposes – all opinions are my own.