Clove hitch (thrown)

In this post I show how to throw the clove hitch with words, images and on video. We use the thrown clove hitch for example when we want to attach a line on a mooring post quickly while keeping it under tension.

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Follow these steps to throw the clove hitch: Again, I tie a figure-eight knot in one end of the line as the moored part. I imagine this is a boat that I want to moor to a post, which is represented by my left thumb in this case. I place the moored part of the line along my left thumb …


… and secure it with my left forefinger. I take the loose part of the line in my right hand. I turn the line into a loop where the moored part lies above the loose part of the line.


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I put the loop over the post and pull the imaginary boat towards me as close as possible.


Now I lay a second loop the same way as the first one …


… and put it over the post too above the other loop.


The thrown clove hitch is finished.


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

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