Clove Hitch
Description
The clove hitch is a stationary hitch used to secure the end of a running line. 
Names
Clove hitch - from the past tense of the verb "to cleave," which can mean "to stick or adhere to."
Uses
The clove hitch is a quick way of attaching the end of a running line around a stationary object.  For example, tying the bridle of a horse to a hitching post, or tying the end of a washline around a tree.
How to Tie
There are several different ways to tie the clove hitch.  The method I show is the most universal.  Some of the other ways are shortcuts that can be used in specialized situations.

1.  Take the rope around the back of the object you are tying around, such as a pole or tree.
2.  Bring the rope back around the front of the object.  Cross it over the rope already there to make an "X."
3.  Take the top rope in the "X" around the back of the object again.  Make sure it is below the "X" when you wrap it around the back.
4.  Bring the rope back around the front.  Tuck it underneath the lower part of the "X."
5.  Tighten by pulling both end of the rope in opposite directions with equal force.

Stephen C. Dibler, Last update: 12/19/2002