Clove hitch (laid)

In this post I show how to lay the clove hitch with words, images and on video. We use the laid clove hitch when we want to put it over something. For example over a mooring post or if we want to secure the tiller with a line.

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Follow these steps to lay the clove hitch: Again, I tie a figure-eight knot in one end of the line which marks the moored part of it. I lay a loop now where the loose part lies over the moored part …


… and next to it a second loop …


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… where the loose part lies over the moored part.


I push the loop that is closer to the lines end, here the right one, under the loop that is closer to the moored end of the line.


I put both loops that are lying one on the other over my thumb, which serves as the post or the tiller.


I pull on both parts of the line now and the laid clove hitch is finished.


Practice the laid clove hitch till you are able to tie it with closed eyes.

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