|Related||Slippery hitch, Two half-hitches, Buntline hitch, Constrictor knot, Ground-line hitch, Lashings|
|Typical use||Securing lines running along a series of posts, belaying, starting lashings, weak binding|
|Caveat||Can spill if the standing part is pulled forcibly in the wrong direction|
|ABoK||#11, #53, #69, #70, #204, #400, #421, #437, #1176, #1177, #1178, #1179, #1180, #1245, #1773, #1774, #1775, #1776, #1778, #1779, #1814, #2079, #2541, #2542, #2543, #2544, #2546, #2547, #2548|
The clove hitch is a type of knot. It consists of two identical half hitches made successively around an object. It is most effective used as a crossing knot. Although it can be used as a binding knot, it is not particularly secure in that role. A clove hitch made around the standing part of the line is known as either Two half-hitches or Buntline hitch, depending on whether half-hitches progress away or towards the hitched object.
Used as a traditional hitch, that is loading only one end, the clove hitch is liable to slip. It requires a load in each direction in order to be effective, such as when being used as a crossing knot. It should not be relied on with rope that is thin or very slippery, as it can work itself loose, especially under a swinging or rotating load. It can also jam and become difficult to untie under some situations.
To tie a clove hitch, first place a loop around the pole, with the working end of the rope on top. Run the working end round the pole once more until you meet the place where the ropes cross, then pass the working end under the cross. Pull to tighten.
It can be formed in the middle of a rope, even if neither end is available. To tie it this way, form two back-to-back overhand loops in a rope, and then put the top loop underneath the bottom one. Drop both loops over a post and tighten.
- Clifford W. Ashley, The Ashley Book of Knots (New York: Doubleday, 1944), 224.
- Grog's Animated Knots: How to tie the clove hitch
- Notable Knot Index - shows quick method of tying
- Hitch Knots - including instructions