List of hitch knots

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A hitch is a type of knot used for binding rope to an object.


Physical theory of hitches

A simple mathematical theory of hitches has been proposed by Bayman [1] and extended by Maddocks and Keller. [2] It makes predictions that are approximately correct when tested empirically. [3]

Alphabetical list of hitch knots

Adjustable grip hitch A simple and useful friction hitch which may easily be shifted up and down the rope while slack. Adjustable grip hitch knot.png
Alternate ring hitching A type of ringbolt hitching formed with a series of alternate left and right hitches made around a ring Alternate ring hitching-ABOK-3604.jpg
Anchor bend A knot used for attaching a rope to a ring Roringstek.jpg
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. Bale sling hitch knot.png
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. BarrelHitch.png
Becket hitch Any hitch that is made on an eye loop, i.e., on a becket. Becket hitch knot.png
Blackwall hitch A temporary means of attaching a rope to a hook. Blackwall hitch.png
Blake's hitch A friction hitch commonly used by arborists and tree climbers as an ascending knot. Blakes hitch knot retouched.png
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 Tie-a-boom-hitch.svg
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. Buntline-hitches-header.jpg
Cat's paw A knot used for connecting a rope to an object. Catspawknot.png
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. Chain hitch.JPG
Clinging clara
Clove hitch A clove hitch is two successive half-hitches around an object. Webeleinenstek.jpg
Continuous ring hitching A series of identical hitches made around a ring Continuous-ring-hitching-ABOK-3602.jpg
Cow hitch variant
Cow hitch with toggle
Cow hitch A hitch knot used to attach a rope to an object. Tete d'alouette.jpg
Double overhand noose A hitch knot used to bind a rope to a carabiner. Noeud double ganse-5.jpg
Farrimond friction hitch A quick release adjustable friction hitch for use on lines under tension. Farrimond hitch.jpg
Garda hitch A ratcheting knot used to disallow dual direction rope travel. Garda hitch.jpg
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. Bobmcgrsailorsgrippinghitch.jpg
Ground-line hitch A type of knot used to attach a rope to an object. Groundline-Hitch-ABOK-1243.jpg
Half hitch A simple overhand knot, where the working end of a line is brought over and under the standing part. Half hitch.jpg
Halter hitch A type of knot used to connect a rope to an object. Pferdeanbindeknoten.jpg
Highpoint hitch A type of knot used to attach a rope to an object. Highpoint hitch step 2.JPG
Highwayman's hitch A quick-release draw loop knot used for temporarily securing a rope that will need to be released easily and cleanly. Highwayman's Hitch.jpg
Hitching tie A simple knot used to tie off stuff sacks that allows quick access as it unties quickly. Hitching Tie knot.svg
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. Icicle hitch knot.jpg
Killick hitch A type of hitch knot used to attach a rope to oddly shaped objects. Killick hitch.jpg
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 Stopperstek.jpg
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. Marline hitch.JPG
Marlinespike hitch A temporary knot used to attach a rod to a rope in order to form a handle. Marlinespike-hitch-ABOK-2030.jpg
Midshipman's hitch An adjustable loop knot for use on lines under tension. Topsegelschotstek.jpg
Munter hitch A simple knot, commonly used by climbers and cavers as part of a life-lining or belay system HMS complete.jpg
Ossel hitch A knot used to attach a rope or line to an object. Bobmcgrossel4.jpg
Palomar knot A knot that is used for securing a fishing line to a fishing lure, snap or swivel. PalomarKnotSequence.jpg
Pile hitch A kind of hitch, which is a knot used for attaching rope to a pole or other structure. Pile hitch.jpg
Pipe hitch A hitch-type knot used to secure smooth cylindrical objects. Pipe hitch.jpg
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. Prusik.jpg
Reverse half hitches
Round turn and two half-hitches Anderthalb Rundtorn mit zwei halben Schlagen.jpg
Sailor's hitch A secure, jam-proof hitch. Sailorhitch.jpg
Siberian hitch A knot used to attach a rope to an object. Siberian-hitch-Evenk-knot.jpg
Slippery hitch A knot used to attach a line to a rod or bar. SlipperyHitch.jpg
Snell knot A hitch knot used to attach an eyed fishing hook to fishing line.
Snuggle hitch A modification of the clove hitch Bobmcgrsnuggle6.jpg
Taunt-line hitch An adjustable loop knot for use on lines under tension. Topsegelschotstek.jpg
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. KNOTEN ZIMMERMANNSSCHLAG.JPG
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. TruckersHitchUsingAlpineButterfly2.jpg
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. GuvenliceEskiyaBagi4.JPG
Two half-hitches A type of knot, specifically a binding knot or hitch knot. Dubbelehalvesteek.svg
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. Uni knot.jpg
Distinguishing between a half hitch and a marline hitch Half hitch versus marline hitch.png
Distinguishing between a half hitch and a marline hitch

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