f. Clove Hitch. A clove hitch (Figure 4-27) is one of the most widely used knots. You can use
it to fasten a rope to a timber, pipe, or post. You can also use it to make other knots. This knot puts
very little strain on the fibers when the rope is put around an object in one continuous direction. You
can tie a clove hitch at any point in a rope. If there is not constant tension on the rope, another loop
(round of the rope around the object and under the center of the clove hitch) will permit a tightening and
slackening motion of the rope.
Figure 4-27. Clove hitch
g. Timber Hitch and Half Hitch. A timber hitch and half hitch (Figure 4-28, page 4-22) are
combined to hold heavy timber or poles when they are being lifted or dragged. A timber hitch used
alone may become untied when the rope is slack or when a sudden strain is put on it.
h. Round Turn and Two Half Hitches. Another hitch used to fasten a rope to a pole, timber, or
spar is a round turn and two half hitches (Figure 4-29, page 4-22). For greater security, seize the
running end of the rope to the standing part. This hitch does not jam.