Welcome to the International Guild of Knot Tyers

International Guild of Knot Tyers

International Branches

New IGKT Forum

As many of you are aware, we have had several problems with allowing new membership of the old IGKT Forum.

The Trustees have decided to create a New Forum which will be available to members only. This is now available here at the New Forum. The New Forum content is able to be viewed by anyone but posting or commenting on items requires membership of IGKT.

All existing members should be able to access the new forum.

The Old IGKT Forum will be kept as an archive for its members who are currently able to use it and we will review the system during the next year to gauge its usage.

For non-members of IGKT, please also see our Facebook page, Official International Guild of Knot Tyers (IGKT), https://www.facebook.com/groups/565124130767508, which has several thousand users.

About the Guild

The International Guild of Knot Tyers (IGKT) is a very friendly association of people, whose interests are in ropes, knots and knotting techniques of all kinds.

We have about a thousand members world-wide from all walks of life including knitters, surgeons, sailors, climbers, anglers, scouters, magicians, lace-makers, farmers, miners, knitters and mathematicians. Membership is open to anyone interested in knotting, ropes, cords and yarn (whether expert or simply hoping to learn from others).

We celebrated our fortieth anniversary in 2022 and produced over 150 issues of our journal Knotting Matters. The journal contains news and ideas from all aspects of knotting and is full of useful and interesting articles, letters, queries and opinions.

Issues of Knotting Matters 1 - 156 are readable online here.

There are active branches of IGKT around the world and we are always very happy when another group starts up. The UK has most of these (it is a small country which makes travelling to events fairly easy) at eight, and there are national organisations in Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands and North America (IGKTNA and two informal branches on the Pacific coast and Alaska). Non-English-speaking knotters can join their national organisations without needing to join IGKT.

Latest News

Books on Knots

IGKT publishes a number of books on knotting and also sells a few other books on related subjects which are not easily available. These are distributed by our sales volunteer, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., and are catalogued here.

Forthcoming Special Events

For your diary: IGKT AGM & Exhibition 2024

For 2024 we will be the guests of the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool, UK and the splendid ship HMS Trincomalee. The dates are Thursday 9th - Saturday 11th May. The AGM will be a hybrid Zoom meeting at 7pm UK time (18:00 UTC) on Friday 10th May. Details accompany the current issue of Knotting Matters (No 161) and are also available online here.

IGKT October Meeting and Exhibition 2024

This October 2024 event, on Saturday October 5th, will be held aboard the ferryboat Berkeley at the SanDiego Maritime Museum. Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., IGKTNA President, and also see here for more details.

Some sad news

We have learned in recent weeks of the deaths of two very skilled knot-tyers.

Jean-Louis Callier, who lived in the south of France attended most of the IGKT meetings in Europe for very many years. He was a talented knotter and a good companion. He is much missed, especially by Michèle and by members of IGKT France. There is an appreciation of Jean-Louis by Antoine Leroy here.

Karl Bareuther, from Flensburg in northern Germany, was a retired Naval Officer who made the most beautiful decorative knots. He was one of the guiding lights behind a very successful IGKT Autumn meeting in Flensburg. Find an appreciation of Karl by Yuval Dvoran here.

Permanent home for IGKT Library Books

In July 2022 we arranged with the Brunel Institute, an organisation set up by the SS Great Britain Trust and the University of Bristol, England, to house our collection of knotting and ropework books in the Institute’s library. The collection consists of books the IGKT has amassed over it’s 40 years of operating, along with a considerably larger number of volumes from a founder member.

The Brunel Institute library is open daily to the public throughout the year and is free to visit. The cost of incorporating the books into the Institute’s library is being funded by a very generous donation from a member in the USA.

The Library have nearly finished the long task of adding the books to their database and, later in 2024, the titles will be searchable on the Brunel Institute’s website.

Here is a link to search most of the uploaded IGKT books.

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.

Dorset Branch Meeting - UK

17-07-2024 7:30 pm -10:00 pm

Regular meeting of Dorset Branch - UK

Contact: Peter Goldstone  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tel: +44 (0)1725 516 258

Venue:  The Ship Inn, Custom House Quay, Weymouth DT4 8BE, UK, in the upstairs area.

Third Wednesday of each month @ 19:30

Free parking in the area after 18:00


North West England - UK

20-07-2024 12:00 pm -5:00 pm

Northwest Branch Meeting - UK

Contact: Ian Rogers This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +44 (0) 1606 590 729

Convivial meetings are on the 3rd Saturday of each month at 12 noon in The George & Dragon, 67 High Street, Tarvin, CH3 8EE

All welcome!

Netherlands Branch Meeting - Dordrecht

03-08-2024 10:00 am -4:00 pm

Netherlands Branch meeting - first Saturday of each month (except December) in the Binnenvaart Museum

Contact - André van der Salm This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Tel: +31 (0) 625 067 174