Named after a sailor, the Matthew Walker knot is relatively easy to tie but difficult to finish. It can be used as a line end to prevent unlaying; a stopper knot; or part of a bell rope, rope handle, or lanyard. It’s also been used for line identification. Casting this knot correctly takes much practice. Patience and personal instruction are often required.
A. To cast the knot in 3/8-inch three-strand laid nylon line, unlay approximately 6 inches, leaving the center strand on top. Wrap each of the three strand ends with masking tape or heat-melt them to form sealed points.
B. &. C. Place the strands in the positions shown.
D. Lightly pull up on the strands as you first twist the line below the knot against the lay and then twist the forming knot with the lay of the rope.
E. Gradually pull tight.
F., G. & H. Finish the line with a teased or crown ending.
Original materials used with thanks to Irene Rodriguez and John Bennett