|Names||Cow hitch, Lark's head, Lark's foot, Girth hitch, Ring hitch, Lanyard hitch, Baggage Tag Loop|
|Related||The Cat's paw hitch is similar, but with the standing parts broght two or more times through the bight.|
|Typical use||Tying a rope to a ring or pole|
|Caveat||Will fail unless equal tension is applied to both of the standing parts of the rope.|
When both the standing parts of the rope are available, the cow hitch can be tied in the following manner:
- Form a bight and pass it through the ring from the underneath.
- Pull the head of the bight downwards, and reach through it, grabbing both standing parts of the rope.
- Pull both standing parts of the rope through the bight.
The cow hitch is often used to connect loop-ended lanyards to handheld electronic equipment, since it can be tied without access to the ends of the fastening loop.