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### List of hitch knots

A hitch is a type of knot used for binding rope to an object.

## Contents

• Physical theory of hitches 1
• Alphabetical list of hitch knots 2
• References 4

## Physical theory of hitches

A simple mathematical theory of hitches has been proposed by Bayman[1] and extended by Maddocks and Keller.[2] It makes predictions that are approximately correct when tested empirically.[3]

## Alphabetical list of hitch knots

Knot Description Image
Adjustable grip hitch A simple and useful friction hitch which may easily be shifted up and down the rope while slack.
Alternate ring hitching A type of ringbolt hitching formed with a series of alternate left and right hitches made around a ring
Anchor bend A knot used for attaching a rope to a ring
Bale sling hitch A knot which traditionally uses a continuous loop of strap to form a cow hitch around an object in order to hoist or lower it.
Barrel hitch The "barrel hitch" and "barrel sling," named for their use in hoisting cargo aboard ships, are a simple yet effective way to suspend an object.
Becket hitch Any hitch that is made on an eye loop, i.e., on a becket.
Blackwall hitch A temporary means of attaching a rope to a hook.
Blake's hitch A friction hitch commonly used by arborists and tree climbers as an ascending knot.
Boom hitch A rather robust and secure method of attaching a line, or rope to a fixed object like a pipe, post, or sail boom
Buntline hitch A knot used for attaching a rope to an object. It is formed by passing the working end around an object, then making a clove hitch around the rope's standing part, taking care that the turns of the clove hitch progress towards the object rather than away from it.
Cat's paw A knot used for connecting a rope to an object.
Chain hitch A knot used to connect a rope to a cylindrical object. Similar to the marline hitch, but formed with successive Clove hitch knots.
Clinging clara
Clove hitch A clove hitch is two successive half-hitches around an object.
Continuous ring hitching A series of identical hitches made around a ring
Cow hitch variant
Cow hitch with toggle
Cow hitch A hitch knot used to attach a rope to an object.
Double overhand noose A hitch knot used to bind a rope to a carabiner.
Farrimond friction hitch A quick release adjustable friction hitch for use on lines under tension.
Garda hitch A ratcheting knot used to disallow dual direction rope travel.
Gripping Sailor's hitch A secure, jam-proof hitch used to tie one rope to another, or a rope to a pole, boom, spar, etc., when the pull is lengthwise along the object.
Ground-line hitch A type of knot used to attach a rope to an object.
Half hitch A simple overhand knot, where the working end of a line is brought over and under the standing part.
Halter hitch A type of knot used to connect a rope to an object.
Highpoint hitch A type of knot used to attach a rope to an object.
Highwayman's hitch A quick-release draw loop knot used for temporarily securing a rope that will need to be released easily and cleanly.
Hitching tie A simple knot used to tie off stuff sacks that allows quick access as it unties quickly.
Icicle hitch A knot that is excellent for connecting to a post when weight is applied to an end running parallel to the post in a specific direction.
Killick hitch A type of hitch knot used to attach a rope to oddly shaped objects.
Knute hitch A knot used to attach a lanyard of small stuff to a marlingspike or other tool.
Magnus hitch A knot used to attach a rope to a rod, pole, or other rope.
Marline Hitching A knot used to attach a rope to a cylindrical object. Similar in appearance to the Chain Hitch, but a succession of overhand knots.
Marlinespike hitch A temporary knot used to attach a rod to a rope in order to form a handle.
Midshipman's hitch An adjustable loop knot for use on lines under tension.
Munter hitch A simple knot, commonly used by climbers and cavers as part of a life-lining or belay system
Ossel hitch A knot used to attach a rope or line to an object.
Palomar knot A knot that is used for securing a fishing line to a fishing lure, snap or swivel.
Pile hitch A kind of hitch, which is a knot used for attaching rope to a pole or other structure.
Pipe hitch A hitch-type knot used to secure smooth cylindrical objects.
Prusik knot A friction hitch or knot used to put a loop of cord around a rope, applied in climbing, canyoneering, mountaineering, caving, rope rescue, and by arborists.
Reverse half hitches
Round turn and two half-hitches
Sailor's hitch A secure, jam-proof hitch.
Siberian hitch A knot used to attach a rope to an object.
Slippery hitch A knot used to attach a line to a rod or bar.
Snell knot A hitch knot used to attach an eyed fishing hook to fishing line.
Snuggle hitch A modification of the clove hitch
Taut-line hitch An adjustable loop knot for use on lines under tension.
Tensionless hitch An anchor knot used for rappelling or rope rescue.
Timber hitch A knot used to attach a single length of rope to a cylindrical object.
Trilene knot A multi-purpose fishing knot that can be used for attaching monofilament line to hooks, swivels and lures.
Trucker's hitch A compound knot commonly used for securing loads on trucks or trailers.
Tugboat hitch (Lighterman's hitch) An easy release knot ideal for heavy towing.
Two half-hitches A type of knot, specifically a binding knot or hitch knot.
Uni knot A multi purpose fishing knot that can be used for attaching the fishing line to the arbor of a reel, for joining lines, and for attaching lures, snaps, and swivels.

## References

1. ^ Bayman, Benjamin F. (1977). "Theory of hitches". American Journal of Physics 45: 185.
2. ^ Maddocks, J. H.; Keller, J. B. (1987). "Ropes in Equilibrium". SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics 47 (6): 1185–1200.
3. ^ Crowell, Ben. "The physics of knots". Retrieved 2014-06-29.
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