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Gnat Hitch Tying

Pass the tail end around the pole and tie a Half Hitch. Pass the tail behind the standing end and then down through the loop of the Half Hitch. Tighten the knot against the pole.
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Gnat Hitch Details

Origin: The Gnat Hitch was introduced in February 2012 (Notable Knot Index) and discussed with considerable interest in Canopy Chatter, the IGKT Forum and the Tree Buzz Forum because it is simple, secure, and resists jamming fairly well. Apparently this knot has not been previously documented. It is included here because new, useful, simple knots are relatively rare.

Advantages: The Gnat Hitch is compact and seems to be quick and easy to tie. Some writers in the forums mentioned above found it easier to tie than the Buntline Hitch – which does a similar job.

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.

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