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#Redirect [[Knot#Clove Hitch]]
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| image=CloveHitch.png
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| name=Clove hitch
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| type=hitch
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| origin=Ancient
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| related=[[Slippery hitch]], [[Two half-hitches]], [[Buntline hitch]], [[Constrictor knot]], [[Ground-line hitch]], [[Lashing knot|Lashings]]
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| releasing=Jamming
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| uses=Securing lines running along a series of posts, belaying, starting lashings, weak binding
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| caveat=Can spill if the standing part is pulled forcibly in the wrong direction
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| abok_number= '''#11''', #53, #69, #70, #204, #400, #421, #437, '''#1176''', '''#1177''', '''#1178''', '''#1179''', '''#1180''', #1245, '''#1773''', '''#1774''', '''#1775''', '''#1776''', '''#1778''', '''#1779''', #1814, #2079, #2541, #2542, '''#2543''', #2544, #2546, #2547, #2548
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The '''clove hitch''' is a type of [[knot]]. It consists of two identical [[Half hitch|half hitches]] made successively around an object. It is most effective used as a [[crossing knot]]. Although it can be used as a [[binding (knot)|binding]] knot, it is not particularly secure in that role. (Clifford W. Ashley, ''The Ashley Book of Knots'', New York: Doubleday, 1944, pg 224) A clove hitch made around the standing part of the line is known as either [[Two half-hitches]] or [[Buntline hitch]], depending on whether half-hitches progress away or towards the hitched object.
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Used as a traditional hitch, that is loading only one end, the clove hitch is liable to slip. It requires a load in each direction in order to be effective, such as when being used as a crossing knot. It should not be relied on with rope that is thin or very slippery, as it can work itself loose, especially under a swinging or rotating load. However, for this very reason, the knot is useful in situations where a the length of the running end needs to be adjustable. It can also jam and become difficult to untie under some situations.
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To tie a clove hitch, first place a loop around the pole, with the working end of the [[rope]] on top. Run the working end round the pole once more until you meet the place where the ropes cross, then pass the working end under the cross. Pull to tighten.
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It can also be formed [[in the bight]], that is in the middle of a rope, without either end available. To tie it this way, form two back-to-back [[Loop (knot)|overhand loops]] in a rope, and then put the top loop underneath the bottom one. Drop both loops over a post and tighten.
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==External links==
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* [http://www.animatedknots.com/cloveboating/ Grog's Animated Knots: How to tie the clove hitch]
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* [http://www.geocities.com/roo_two/clovehitch.html Notable Knot Index] - shows quick method of tying
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* [http://www.realknots.com/knots/hitches.htm Hitch Knots] - including instructions
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