International Guild of Knot Tyers

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The International Guild of Knot Tyers (IGKT) is an association of people with interests in knots and knotting techniques of all kinds.


We have over a thousand members world-wide, from all walks of life, including academics, surgeons, sailors, sportsmen and women, scouters, magicians, farmers, miners and accountants. Membership is open to anyone interested in knotting (whether expert or simply hoping to learn from others).

We now have an official facebook group too!


World Knot Tying Day - September 18th 2020

What can YOU do to help?

The Guild is celebrating the birthdate of Clifford Ashley with a world-wide hands-on knotting event. If you are organising and/or participating in this day's happenings, there is a suitable press release for use wherever you are.


Captain George Hart Bursary

Thanks to the generosity of George, the IGKT has been able to set up a fund to provide funds for helping and encouraging members, especially younger members, to engage in an ‘extraordinary’ activity which involves knotting and the Guild. For full details please see the Member News section here.


Cancelled 2020 AGM

Statement from the Trustees and Accounts for 2019 are available here.


On May 3rd 2020 two IGKT members were on BBC Radio 4 in a program called Five Knots -

or for the program on the the BBC Sounds website click here


2020 Autumn Meeting

Postponed to 2021 because of the Covid pandemic

Please note earlier date than usual. Mariehamn is at Lat 60N and winter arrives rapidly in October.

Dates: 10-12 September - to be confirmed

Place: The Old Harbour, Mariehamn, Åland Islands, Finland

see this video.


Super-advance notice - 2021 Australian Meeting

Hello fellow tanglers and knot-tyers,

Update forInternational Guild of Knot Tyers Australian Meeting 2021

Date confirmed for March 19, 20 and 21 in 2021. 

Location confirmed as the Australian National Wool Museum in Geelong

situated 200 metres from the water front in the centre of the city.


The excellent and comprehensive Glossary of Knotting and Ropemaking Terms by Robert Birch, described in the recent Knotting Matters can be found HERE.


Most meetings and events are shown in the Calendar section - do see if there's one happening near you and come along!


Het Knoopeknauwertje - The Netherlands Newsletter 1996-2000 (25 issues)

and Knot News 1997-2015 - The journal of the Pacific Americas Branch of IGKT (98 issues)

now available for download in the Publications section.


For all problems regarding membership or logging-in please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


*When first logging-in to the members' area, enter your email address and password which came in the 'welcome' email. If you want to change the password during or after your first log-in, click on  the 'Manage my membership' button at the bottom of the list on the left.*

We have tried to make sure that all the data on the various pages of this site are accurate and up-to-date.  If you find errors or omissions please let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will do our best to rectify things quickly.

Please help us by sending advance news of knotting events so that we can publish them and also reports/photos when the events have occurred.

We'll only be able to publicise and carry news if you all help us!

Members please note - a list of email addresses, sorted by country and region is available in the 'Member News' section.  Please check your entry. File updated 202006.


UK members - if you haven't returned your charity Gift Aid form, please do so. Form is downloadable on the 'News' page.



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