A hitch is a type of knot used for binding rope to an object.
A simple mathematical theory of hitches has been proposed by Baymanand extended by Maddocks and Keller. It makes predictions that are approximately correct when tested empirically.
|Adjustable grip hitch||A simple and useful friction hitch which may easily be shifted up and down the rope while slack.|
|Alternate ring hitching||A type of ringbolt hitching formed with a series of alternate left and right hitches made around a ring|
|Anchor bend||A knot used for attaching a rope to a ring|
|Bale sling hitch||A knot which traditionally uses a continuous loop of strap to form a cow hitch around an object in order to hoist or lower it.|
|Barrel hitch||The "barrel hitch" and "barrel sling," named for their use in hoisting cargo aboard ships, are a simple yet effective way to suspend an object.|
|Becket hitch||Any hitch that is made on an eye loop, i.e., on a becket.|
|Blackwall hitch||A temporary means of attaching a rope to a hook.|
|Blake's hitch||A friction hitch commonly used by arborists and tree climbers as an ascending knot.|
|Boom hitch||A rather robust and secure method of attaching a line, or rope to a fixed object like a pipe, post, or sail boom|
|Bottom-loaded release hitch|
|Buntline hitch||A knot used for attaching a rope to an object. It is formed by passing the working end around an object, then making a clove hitch around the rope's standing part, taking care that the turns of the clove hitch progress towards the object rather than away from it.|
|Cat's paw||A knot used for connecting a rope to an object.|
|Chain hitch||A knot used to connect a rope to a cylindrical object. Similar to the marline hitch, but formed with successive Clove hitch knots.|
|Clove hitch||A clove hitch is two successive half-hitches around an object.|
|Continuous ring hitching||A series of identical hitches made around a ring|
|Cow hitch variant|
|Cow hitch with toggle|
|Cow hitch||A hitch knot used to attach a rope to an object.|
|Double overhand noose||A hitch knot used to bind a rope to a carabiner.|
|Farrimond friction hitch||A quick release adjustable friction hitch for use on lines under tension.|
|Garda hitch||A ratcheting knot used to disallow dual direction rope travel.|
|Gripping sailor's hitch||A secure, jam-proof hitch used to tie one rope to another, or a rope to a pole, boom, spar, etc., when the pull is lengthwise along the object.|
|Ground-line hitch||A type of knot used to attach a rope to an object.|
|Half hitch||A simple overhand knot, where the working end of a line is brought over and under the standing part.|
|Halter hitch||A type of knot used to connect a rope to an object.|
|Highpoint hitch||A type of knot used to attach a rope to an object.|
|Highwayman's hitch||A quick-release draw loop knot used for temporarily securing a rope that will need to be released easily and cleanly.|
|Hitching tie||A simple knot used to tie off stuff sacks that allows quick access as it unties quickly.|
|Icicle hitch||A knot for connecting to a post when weight is applied to an end running parallel to the post in a specific direction.|
|Killick hitch||A type of hitch knot used to attach a rope to oddly shaped objects.|
|Knute hitch||A knot used to attach a lanyard of small stuff to a marlingspike or other tool.|
|Magnus hitch||A knot used to attach a rope to a rod, pole, or other rope. (See also Rolling hitch|
|Marline Hitching||A knot used to attach a rope to a cylindrical object. Similar in appearance to the Chain Hitch, but a succession of overhand knots.|
|Marlinespike hitch||A temporary knot used to attach a rod to a rope in order to form a handle.|
|Midshipman's hitch||An adjustable loop knot for use on lines under tension.|
|Munter hitch||A simple knot, commonly used by climbers and cavers as part of a life-lining or belay system|
|Ossel hitch||A knot used to attach a rope or line to an object.|
|Palomar knot||A knot that is used for securing a fishing line to a fishing lure, snap or swivel.|
|Pile hitch||A kind of hitch, which is a knot used for attaching rope to a pole or other structure.|
|Pipe hitch||A hitch-type knot used to secure smooth cylindrical objects.|
|Prusik knot||A friction hitch or knot used to put a loop of cord around a rope, applied in climbing, canyoneering, mountaineering, caving, rope rescue, and by arborists.|
|Reverse half hitches|
|Round turn and two half-hitches|
|Sailor's hitch||A secure, jam-proof hitch.|
|Siberian hitch||A knot used to attach a rope to an object.|
|Slippery hitch||A knot used to attach a line to a rod or bar.|
|Snell knot||A hitch knot used to attach an eyed fishing hook to fishing line.|
|Snuggle hitch||A modification of the clove hitch|
|Taunt-line hitch||An adjustable loop knot for use on lines under tension.|
|Tensionless hitch||An anchor knot used for rappelling or rope rescue.|
|Timber hitch||A knot used to attach a single length of rope to a cylindrical object.|
|Trilene knot||A multi-purpose fishing knot that can be used for attaching monofilament line to hooks, swivels and lures.|
|Trucker's hitch||A compound knot commonly used for securing loads on trucks or trailers.|
|Tugboat hitch (Lighterman's hitch)||An easy release knot ideal for heavy towing.|
|Tumble hitch||A quick-release draw loop knot used for temporarily securing a rope that will need to be released easily and cleanly.|
|Two half-hitches||A type of knot, specifically a binding knot or hitch knot.|
|Uni knot||A multi purpose fishing knot that can be used for attaching the fishing line to the arbor of a reel, for joining lines, and for attaching lures, snaps, and swivels.|
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