How to Tie a Two Half Hitch Knot

The Two Half Hitch is the perfect knot for hanging a clothesline—or hammock—between two trees or posts.


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Knowing how to tie a proper knot is a wonderful skill that always comes in handy. In this video series, you'll learn how to tie a square knot, a clove hitch knot, a fisherman's knot, a two half hitch knot, a noose knot, an overhand knot, a manharness knot, a hangman's noose knot, a cow hitch knot, a figure 8 knot, and much more.

You Will Need

  • A single length of rope
  • Something to hitch to, such as a post, pole, or ring


  1. Step 1

    Pass end through ring

    Pass the end of the rope up through the ring from below.

  2. Step 2

    Pass behind standing part

    Pass it behind the remaining end—or 'standing part'—of the rope.

  3. Step 3

    Pass end through loop

    Bring the end back up and pass it through the eye of the loop you've just formed.

  4. Step 4

    Pull tight

    Pull it tight to complete a Half Hitch.

  5. Step 5

    Pass end through standing part

    Pass the end of the rope behind the standing part again.

  6. Step 6

    Bring through 2nd loop & tighten

    Bring it back up and through this second loop you've just formed (making a second Half Hitch) and tighten.

  7. "The unconscious can only be expressed in knots of language." Jacques Lacan (1901-1981)