When I see knot tables, I have two feeling: ah, it's beautiful, and... painful.
I don't see how knots are ordered in the knot table, the way to go from one knot of a certain crossing number to another seems to be completely random. But I would guess there are some order? For example, why are the Perko pair put next to each other even before people knew they are the same?
In short, if the word "periodic table" seems confusing, my real question is, how are the knots in knot table ordered?