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Alternate ring hitching

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Alternate ring hitching
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Names Alternate ring hitching, Kackling, Keckling
Category hitch
Related Continuous ring hitching
Typical use To prevent damage from the ring
ABoK #3604

Alternate ring hitching, also known as Kackling or Keckling, is a type of Ringbolt hitching formed with a series of alternate left and right hitches made around a ring.[1] Covering a ring in hitching can prevent damage if the ring is likely to chafe or strike against something, such as a mooring line or mast.


  1. Clifford W. Ashley, The Ashley Book of Knots (New York: Doubleday, 1944), 569.