Clove Hitch

The clove hitch is an anchor knot that can be used in the middle of the rope as well as at the end (Figure 4-14). The knot must have constant tension on it once tied to prevent slipping. It can be used as either an anchor or middle of the rope knot, depending on how it is tied. a. Tying the Knot.

STEP 1. Hold rope in both hands, palms down with hands together. Slide the left hand to the left from 20 to 25 centimeters. STEP 2. Form a loop away from and back toward the right. STEP 3. Slide the right hand from 20 to 25 centimeters to the right. Form a loop inward and back to the left hand. STEP 4. Place the left loop on top of the right loop. Place both loops over the anchor and pull both ends of the rope in opposite directions. The knot is tied.

Note: For instructional purposes, assume that the anchor is horizontal.

STEP 1. Place 76 centimeters of rope over the top of the anchor. Hold the standing end in the left hand. With the right hand, reach under the horizontal anchor, grasp the working end, and bring it inward.

STEP 2. Place the working end of the rope over the standing end (to form a loop).

Hold the loop in the left hand. Place the working end over the anchor from 20 to 25 centimeters to the left of the loop.

STEP 3. With the right hand, reach down to the left hand side of the loop under the anchor. Grasp the working end of the rope. Bring the working end up and outward.

STEP 4. Dress down the knot.

Figure 4-14. Clove hitch.

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