Clove Hitch

Clove Hitch


Clove Hitch


Use to attach a rope to a pole, this knot provide a quick and secure result. It rarely jams, and can in fact suffer from the hitch unrolling under tension if the pole can turn.Often used to start and finish lashings.

  • With practice, this can be easily tied with one hand – especially useful for sailors!
  • Tip. If you are in a situation where the clove hitch may unroll, add a couple of half hitches with the running end to the standing end of the knot, turning it into a “Clove Hitch and Two Half Hitches”!
  • Tip. When pioneering, use the Round turn and two half hitches to start and finish your lashings instead of the Clove Hitch. It won’t unroll, and is easier to finish tying off. It just does not look so neat!
  • Tip. If you have the end of the pole or stave available use a Constrictor Knot. It is ten times better than a clove hitch.