Some Knotting Books worth Getting
I have over time purchased a number of different knotting books, so I thought I would give you a list of a few knotting books that you too may want to consider getting. I am sure that there will be people reading this, who will say that I missed a certain book, but this list is what I have personally bought and enjoyed.
Ashley’s Book of Knots
Ashley’s Book of Knots is at the top of my list for two reasons; 1. it was the first book I was given 2. For many people it is the one book that all knotter seem to know.
Ashley’s Book of Knots is a comprehensive guide to knots, written by Clifford W. Ashley in 1944. It includes descriptions of more than 3,800 knots, along with illustrations and instructions on how to tie them. It is considered to be the definitive guide to knots, and its influence can be seen in the knotwork of many cultures around the world. The book is divided into sections of rope, line, and net knots, as well as decorative knots, fishing knots, and splices. Ashley’s Book of Knots is an invaluable reference for anyone interested in the history, use, and aesthetic of knots. I can often be found deep diving into my copy of Ashley’s Book of Knots.
WARNING – When I first got my copy of Ashley’s Book of Knots, I thought that I would instantly be able to tie any decorative knot following the instructions. Sadly, this was not the case, I found it rather difficult to understand and follow some of the instructions. However, as you become more experienced, you will find this book invaluable. While it can be an invaluable resource for those who are already familiar with knots, it can be a bit overwhelming and difficult for some to understand. Maybe it is just me being a bit thick??
Art of Knotting and Splicing, by Day; United States Naval Institute
I was given my copy by Gordon Perry and this book has become a firm favourite of mine. Art of Knotting & Splicing by Day is a comprehensive guide to tying knots, splicing rope and cable, and general ropework. It is a must-read for any sailor or anyone interested in learning about the essential skills required for working with rope. The book provides detailed instructions, illustrations, and photographs to help readers understand and master the art of knotting and splicing. It covers all the basics of knotting and splicing, from the simplest knots to more complex knots and splicing techniques. The text also provides information on the various types of rope and cordage and how to select the right one for a particular job. Art of Knotting & Splicing by Day is an invaluable resource for anyone interested in learning the art of ropework.
I also like the fact the the knots are photographed rather than sketches. I often find that sketches are in some ways too perfect and prone to errors. For practical knotting, I found this book easy to follow and understand.
Knots by Gordon Perry
Knots: A Practical Step by Step Guide to Tying Over 100 Knots by Gordon Perry is an excellent resource for anyone looking to learn how to tie knots, it also includes splicing, whipping and seizing. The book is filled with diagrams and illustrations to help the reader understand the steps and techniques needed to tie each knot. The book is organized into sections that cover various knotting techniques, such as binding and looping, as well as knots for specific applications, such as boating and fishing. Each section includes a detailed description of the knot and its uses, as well as step-by-step instructions on how to tie it. This book is perfect for anyone looking to learn how to tie knots, from the beginner to the experienced knotter.
Gordon has also written a number of other knotting books that I am sure are worth considering.
Knot Craft and Rope Mats by Des Pawson
Knot Craft and Rope Mats by Des Pawson is a fantastic book for anyone interested in wanting to create decorative knotting projects and rope mats. The book is written in a straightforward and step-by-step manner that allows for easy learning. The book is filled with detailed diagrams and photos that help to illustrate the instructions and make it easy to understand. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced knot tyer, this book will be a great resource for you. Some of the projects in the book are; decorative lanyards, bell ropes, fenders, many different rope mats and much, much more.
BONUS – I think that one of the best things about this book is, it tells you what diameter and length of rope you will need to complete each project. So if you think you want to have a go at decorative knot tying, then this book would be top of my list!
The Fender Book by Colin R Jones
The Fender Book by Colin R. Jones is a comprehensive DIY guide for rope fenders that covers everything from the basics of fender construction to more complex designs. It provides detailed instructions and illustrations on how to make fenders out of rope. It also includes a discussion of the different types of fenders, their advantages and disadvantages, and how to choose the right material for the job. The Fender Book is a great resource for any boater looking to make their own fenders or repair existing ones.
You do not need to own a boat to make a fender!!
Creative Ropecraft by Stuart E Grainger
I once won a copy of this book many years ago in a raffle, I have now opened this book more times than I care to remember. I often refer to this book for a bit of decorative knotting inspiration, there are loads of sennits, decorative knots and ideas to get you inspired to create something. This book always seems to open on exactly what I am looking for. I would say though, if you are just starting out, go for Des Pawson’s book first.
Where to Purchase the Above Knotting Books
All the books mentioned above are listed in here; Book Section or at the top of this sites page. However, the Fender Book can be purchased by contacting the authors son: Matt Jones: email@example.com or through Inland Waterways Association IWA and is also available from the International Guild of Knot Tyers IGKT main website.