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Clove Hitch using Loops TyingForm a loop in the rope. Then form a second one - "the same way up". Both loops should be identical. Cross the loops one above the other so they form a knot - instead of just two loops stacked on each other. Place the knot over the post.
Clove Hitch Using Loops Details
Caution: The Clove Hitch (ABOK # 1245, p 224) was, originally, included here with the intention of condemning it. It does have two giant faults: it slips and, paradoxically, can also bind. It should be deeply distrusted when used by itself.
Uses: However, the Clove Hitch does have a few excellent applications: in the theater it is used to adjust the height of stage curtains hanging from a bar; and in boating it can be used to initially position a fender hanging from a rail. Both are described in the section about the Clove Hitch tied by Threading the End.
Dangers: As stated above, the Clove Hitch's problems are slipping and binding:
Alternatives: There are good alternatives available:
Temporary whipping for a frayed rope end
Paradox: When you tie this round turn and two Half Hitches, in the process you actually create a clove hitch round the standing end!
Disclaimer: Any activity that involves ropes is potentially hazardous. Lives may be at risk - possibly your own. Considerable attention and effort have been made to ensure that these descriptions are accurate. However, many critical factors cannot be controlled, including: the choice of materials; the age, size, and condition of ropes; and the accuracy with which these descriptions have been followed. No responsibility is accepted for incidents arising from the use of this material.