|Origin||John Smith, 1990|
|Typical use||Tying to a post when weight is applied parallel to the post|
An icicle hitch is a knot that is excellent for connecting to a post when weight is applied to an end running parallel to the post in a specific direction. This type of hitch will hold its place even when holding a substantial load on a smooth surface. One can even suspend from a tapered post with this knot (hence the name "icicle hitch").
To tie an icicle hitch bring the working end over the post, front to back, four or five times, working away from the end of the post (and the direction of expected pull). Bring the working end, back to front, alongside the standing end, leaving a substantial bight hanging behind the post. Bring this bight over both ends, and over the end of the post. Tighten by pulling both ends perpendicular to the post. The pull on the standing end (running the direction of the post) will tighten the knot as more pull is given.
This knot was first demonstrated at the eighth Annual General Meeting of the International Guild of Knot Tyers in 1990.
- Brion Toss, The Complete Rigger's Apprentice (Camden: International Marine, 1998), 55-56.