How to Tie a Two Half Hitch Knot

I have continued my quest to learn how to tie a variety of knots. Last week I covered the Bowline knot which looks to be a very useful one to know. This week I have been practicing the Half Hitch – or really the Two Half Hitch. I am not a knot-guru by any means and the Two Half Hitch seems to be a good one for securing a rope around a tree, pole, or some other object. Once the knot is tied the “loop” within the rope can be adjusted and the more tension on the rope the tighter it grabs the object.

Well – lets look at how you tie the Two Half Hitch Knot:


STEP #1  Bring your “active” end and begin the first loop.


STEP #2  Bring the active end around to complete the loop making sure that the end goes under the cord as it goes around to complete the first loop.


STEP #3  Complete the first loop then bring the active end over the top of the loose section and begin to make another loop just like the first one.



STEP #4  Complete the second loop per illustration below.


STEP #6  Pull knot tight.


Once the Two Half Hitch Knot is complete the loop that has been created is adjustable in size. Slip it over a post and when the loose end is pulled the loop will close onto the post. Very useful.

Close up of completed Two Half Hitch Knot. Click to enlarge.


More to come……

















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3 thoughts on “How to Tie a Two Half Hitch Knot”

  1. TY for sharing, Rourke! Between having learned how to sew, and having been a Girl Scout, your series is starting to bring memories back on knot tying! Please continue to share! Do you recommend a resource on knot tying?

  2. Rourke, thanks for sharing knot tying 101. I was in the Navy years ago and remember a few knots but it is good to be refreshed.

  3. Thanks for your second installment of “Knot Tying 101”. Please keep it up. I remember the first time I saw this knot was when my older brother used it on my first Scouting Hike. He used it to tie off the support lines to his 2-man tent. This allowed him to adjust the tension after pounding in the stakes. I’ve used it many times myself and it’s a great one to learn and use.


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