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Two Half Hitches Tying

Pass the rope around the pole, around itself, and then between the ropes to make a Half Hitch. Go around the rope again to make the second Half Hitch.

Two Half Hitches Details

Origin: Two Half Hitches are mentioned by Ashley many times but only described in detail once (ABOK # 1781, p 301). He notes: "An expeditious way in which to tie the knot to a post is to first form a loose Granny Knot, leaving a long end. As the ship swings she will take up the slack and the Granny will capsize into Two Half Hitches."

Comparison: Two Half Hitches are widely used in many circumstances to tie a rope to a post or ring. However, the Round Turn and Two Half Hitches is more secure and has the huge advantage of more readily taking the load well with one hand while the knot is completed with the other.

Two or More Half Hitches. The two Half Hitches actually form a clove hitch round the standing end. However, it is common to see an additional one, or more Half Hitches - either to make the knot more secure or to use up excess line.

Direction: Always tie the Half Hitches in the same 'direction'. If you start the first Half Hitch with the tail passing away from you above the rope, then do the same with the next (and the next).

Variation Using a Bight: When there is a long tail, the Half Hitches can be tied using a bight instead of the end. This consumes excess rope which may otherwise hang in the way or require coiling.

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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