Essential Knots for Filmmaking: Clove Hitch
- July 15, 2013
- Shane Hurlbut, ASC
A useful knot to know is the clove hitch knot. This knot is second to the bowline knot and is also known as the “double hitch” knot. The clove hitch can grip anything, from round objects, to square objects, to rectangles, it can wrap around pretty much any shape. Once it wraps, it creates this binding factor so that things won’t slip out of it as well.
Tying this baby
Let’s break it down. To tie the clove hitch, first wrap your rope around your object. In this case it is our 2×4. We’re going to mark one side of the rope in red for you to follow so it makes more sense.
Now take your rope piece (red) and cross it over the other side so that there is an X.
Make sure the rope is brought under the 2×4 after you’ve made the X.
Once you’ve done that, take the piece of rope and bring it under the X.
Then just cinch down on that baby so it’s tight. You can use this for securing speed rail, so that it doesn’t come crashing down on someone.
To make this knot even stronger, come in with a half hitch. To do that, bring the piece that went under the X around the other part of the rope.
Then loop through the hole and cinch.
With this extra half hitch, the rope is even safer. If you need to tie off to the perms, to 12×12 frames, 6×6 frames, or anything where you need a locking power to make an object not slide, you can go with the clove hitch.