Cow HitchThe Cow Hitch, also called the Lanyard Hitch, Lark’s Head and Lark’s Foot, is used to secure a rope to a post or other object including another rope. It is similar to a Clove Hitch except that the second half hitch is in the opposite direction. It is about as reliable as a Clove Hitch, which is to say it should not be trusted in critical applications.
1.Wrap end of rope around object from behind.
2. Cross behind standing line.
3. Wrap tag end around object in opposite direction as first wrap (half hitch) and feed through opening created by wrap.
4. Pull both ends to tighten the knot.
See Animated Cow Hitch Below
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