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Ground-line hitch

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Ground-line hitch

Ground-line hitch
Names Ground-line hitch, Picket-line hitch, Miller's knot, Sack knot, Bag knot
Category Hitch
Category #2 Binding
Related Miller's knot, Clove hitch, Snuggle hitch, Ossel hitch, Vibration-proof hitch, Turk's head
Releasing Non-jamming
ABoK #154, #277, #278, #390, #1243, #1676, #1680

The ground-line hitch is a type of knot used to attach a rope to an object. Worked-up and dressed properly, it is more secure than the simpler clove hitch and has less tendency to jam, but does not respond well to swinging. It can also be used as a simple binding knot and is classed among several knots known as the miller's knot.[1] The Ground-line hitch is also the start of a three-lead four-bight Turk's head.[2]

Untightened ground-line hitch

The knot is named for its use to attach a net to the groundline, a weighted or lead cored rope on the bottom of the net (especially a gillnet).

See also


  1. ^ Clifford W. Ashley, The Ashley Book of Knots (New York: Doubleday, 1944), 62.
  2. ^ Ashley, 291.

External links

  • An Introduction to the Theory of Hitches and Knots

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