|The clove hitch is a stationary
hitch used to secure the end of a running line.
|Clove hitch - from the past tense of
the verb "to cleave," which can mean "to stick or
|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.
C. Dibler, Last update: 12/19/2002