Clove Hitch Knot

Intro

A clove hitch is a type of knot. Along with the bowline and the sheet bend, it is often considered one of the most important knots. A clove hitch is two successive half-hitches around an object. It is most effectively used as a crossing knot. It can be used as a binding knot, but is not particularly secure in that role. A clove hitch made around the rope's own standing part is known as either two half-hitches or buntline hitch, depending on whether the turns of the clove hitch progress away from or towards the hitched object.

Step 1

Step 1

Pick up the running end of the rope (the end that will be loose after you tie the knot). Wrap it halfway around the pole or timber.

Step 2

Step 2

Cross the running end over the wrapped part of the rope. This will form an "X" shape. Bring it back around the pole.

Step 3

Step 3

Lift the "X" part of the knot and slip the running end under this "X" horizontally.

Step 4

Step 4

Pull the knot tight.


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