Clove Hitch

The Clove Hitch is one of the most widely used knots in boating, rock climbing, commercial fishing, and the Scouts. Its simplicity, two half hitches side by side, makes it easy for greenhorns and novices to learn. The clove hitch is quick to tie and great for temporarily securing boats to a piling or as a lashing. Usually utilized as a crossing knot, although; it can have a tendency to slip apart when repeatedly strained and released. While under tension this knot may be difficult to untie. If the load end of the line needs to be adjustable then the clove hitch is a viable choice.


How to Tie a Clove Hitch

To tie the clove hitch you will need a half a fathom of line and a narrow pole or railing:


  1. Take one end of the line and wrap it clockwise around the pole one time.
  2. Cross it over the top of the previous coil while wrapping it clockwise again, and when you come around this time tuck the end under the wrap alongside the previous one.
  3. The end will be pointing away from the other end and then just pull the knot tight.

There are a couple of variations to this knot, but this is the easiest way.