Knot List: Cow Hitch (Lanyard Hitch) using the End ‐ Step-by-Step
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Cow Hitch (Lanyard Hitch) using the End TyingPass the rope around the object, back around itself, around the object in the reverse direction, and down beside itself.
Cow Hitch, (Lanyard Hitch) using the End Details
Alternative: In addition to Threading the End, the Cow Hitch can be tied Using Loops.
Why Include it Here? It answers the question: "What happens when I tie a Clove Hitch but reverse the second turn?" Answer: "A Cow Hitch." The Clove Hitch and the Cow Hitch are close relatives with similar properties. Neither should be trusted alone for critical applications.
Similar Knot: The Cow Hitch has a similar appearance to the Girth Hitch, which is tied with a sling loop and known by various names including Strap Hitch and Bale Sling Hitch.
Names: In addition to "Lanyard Hitch", the Cow Hitch is also known as the "Lark's Head" – attributed to a literal translation from the French "tête d'alouette" (ABOK # 5, p 11). The subsequent transformation from "Head" to "Foot" originated in Modern Rope Techniques in Mountaineering by (the late) Bill March in 1973. He probably meant to say Lark's Head, but made a mistake when he showed it used for a foot loop.
Pros and Cons: It is one of the quickest and easiest knots to learn but has relatively few critically useful applications.
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.