Here's probabably way
more than you wanted to know from a sailor/hiker:
My all-time favorite of a multitude of knot books owned is The Morrow Guide to Knots for sailing, fishing, camping, climbing
, an illustrated book by Mario Bigon and Guido Regazzoni translated from Italian (apparently there is a long tradition of slow food, great wine AND knot-making in Italy.) <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/ooo.gif" alt="" />
I'm left-handed and have long-been line- & knot-challenged and I've used this book repeatedly onboard. It was first published in 1982, but you can still get it at West,
This little book has 650 color photos of how to do about any knot.
(Antecdote: The book is even quite funny -- for 10 year olds. We did a week sail in the Keys with friends with 9 & 10 year old boys onboard. One evening they were in their bunks hysterically laughing while reading Morrows Guide.
Huh? We wondered how they could find that so funny. Seems that they were amused by the stone-faced author on pages 242-245 apparently showing how to make a knotted rope to hang himself. Guess you had to be 10 to get it.)
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(And Goatpacker, thanks for that site with the animated knot-making -- more help for the knot-challenged.) <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />