From cleats to clove hitches, learn how to tie five basic knots with our step-by-step guides

For every nimble-fingered knot expert there are plenty of people out there whose ropework is, well, a little ropey.

Hopefully this step-by-step guide to the most common knots will help. And remember: it’s never too late to learn.

Learn how to tie a cleat

Learn how to tie a clove hitch

Learn how to tie a sheet bend

Learn how to tie a round-turn and two half-hitches

Learn how to tie a bowline