Monkey's fist knot
Monkey's fist knot

A decorative or ornamental knot (also fancy knot[1]) is an often complex knot exhibiting repeating patterns. A decorative knot is generally a knot that not only has practical use but is also known for its aesthetic or ornamental qualities.[2] Often originating from maritime use, "decorative knots are not only serviceable and functional but also enhance the ship-shape appearance of any vessel."[3] Decorative knots may be used alone or in combination,[4] and may consist of single or multiple strands.[5][6]

Though the word decorative sometimes implies that little or no function is served, the craft of decorative knot tying generally combines both form and function.[5]

Coxcombing is decorative knotwork performed by sailors during the Age of Sail to dress-up, protect, or help identify specific items and parts of ships and boats.

List

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This is an alphabetical list of decorative knots.

See also

References

  1. ^ Owen, Peter (1994). The Book of Decorative Knots. Globe Pequot. p. 6. ISBN 978-1-55821-304-3. Retrieved 2010-02-18.
  2. ^ Owen (1994), p.125. Access date: 2010-02-18. "They can be used for practical purposes or pure decoration.
  3. ^ Owen (1994), p.11.
  4. ^ Owen, Peter (2003). The Ultimate Book of Knots: More Than Two-Hundred Practical and Decorative Knots, p.493. Globe Pequot. ISBN 9781592281602.
  5. ^ a b Penn, Randy (2004). The Everything Knots Book: Step-By-Step Instructions for Tying Any Knot, p.189. Everything Books. ISBN 9781440522772.
  6. ^ Randall, Peter (2012). The Craft of the Knot: From Fishing Knots to Bowlines and Bends, a Practical Guide to Knot Tying and Usage, p.29. Adams Media. ISBN 9781440552502.

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