Knots have been around for thousands of years, used for hundreds of vital specialist tasks on land and sea. Anyone can learn to tie them, for professional use, for sport and leisure, or just for fun -- and with a little practice they will soon acquire an impressive repertoire. There are several thousand knots in existence and an infinite number of variations of them. In this book, 101 carefully chosen knots, some simple and some complicated, are explained and illustrated in step-by-step detail to challenge those new to knot-tying and to teach experienced knotters new skills. Throughout the book over 300 close-up color photographs show every stage of every knot in perfect detail to guarantee clarity and successful results every time. All the key knot types are covered, including bends, hitches, knots, bindings, loops, mats, plaits, rings, and slings. Each knot is identified by category -- general purpose, angling and fishing, boating and sailing, caving and climbing, and outdoor pursuits.