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How to Tie a Half Hitch Knot

Think of the Half Hitch as a starter knot—it won't support a lot of strain, but it's easily tightened and loosened and forms the base for many more complicated knots.


  • Step 1: Pass end of rope Pass the end of the rope up through the ring from below.
  • Step 2: Bring behind other end Bring it down and behind the remaining end—or "standing part"—of the rope.
  • Step 3: Pass end through loop Bring the end back up and pass it through the eye of the loop you've just formed.
  • Step 4: Tighten Pull it tight to complete the Half Hitch.
  • FACT: The Half Hitch is basically an Overhand Knot tied around an object.

You Will Need

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

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