This knot is used to tie a rope to an object quickly. It is not a very secure knot, but can be useful to hold something in place for a short time and can be made a little more secure by tying two knots. The half hitch is also the starting point for many more complex knots, so is a good one to learn.
How to tie
- Pass the rope once or twice around the object and pull the working end of the rope clear.
- Pass the working end of the rope over the ‘standing line’ (the main section of rope) and then back up through the loop made where the two sections cross.
- Pull the working end tight.
- That is a simple half hitch. To make it a little more secure, repeat to make two knots side by side.