edA Monkey Fist is a traditional sailor’s knot that can be used to create a heaving line or as a decorative knot. To make one, first tie a simple “overhand knot” in the center of a length of rope, then coil the rope tightly around your hand, forming a knot resembling a monkey’s head.
Once the coils are tight, tuck the end of the rope back into the coils and secure with a half hitch knot. Finally, pull the rope tight and trim the loose ends. The result is a decorative, tightly-wound knot that makes a great addition to a nautical-themed décor or for a purposeful use.