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Clove Hitch

How to tie the Clove Hitch. A simple all-purpose hitch. Easy to tie and untie. A useful and easy to tie knot, the Clove Hitch is a good binding knot. However, as a hitch it should be used with caution because it can slip or come undone if the object it is tied to rotates or if constant pressure is not maintained on the line.

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Clove Hitch


Clove Hitch Knot Tying Instructions

  1. Wrap the free end of a rope around a post.

  2. Crossover itself and around the post again.

  3. Slip working end under last wrap.

  4. Pull tight.


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