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Clove Hitch

 
Clove Hitch





 

Description: The Clove Hitch has several variations which can be used in Macrame projects. They are particularly useful as mounting knots; to attach cords to rings or dowels. 

The Double Half Hitch is the same knot, but this is the back of it, so you won't see the raised bar.

In books devoted to decorative knots, they are usually listed together, and are sometimes called constriction knots. That's because they have a very tight hold, and have snake-like twists and coils.


Variations Described  Below:

  • Basic Design
  • Constrictor Knot
  • Clove Loop
  • Boa Knot
  • The Python
 
 



Basic Design







 
To practice the basic Clove Hitch, you need one cord, at least 12 inches long. You will also need a ring, handle, or any other object to hold the knot (base).
 
 
  Secure one End   Step 1: Secure one end of the cord to your work surface or project board. Move the working end over the base, then bring it under, heading towards the right.  
 





 
  Cross Over   Step 2: Cross the working end of the cord over in the front of the base, as you bring it to the upper left.  
 





 
  Second Loop  

Step 3: Move the working end around the base, on the left, to create another loop.

Pass the end under the segment of cord that rests to the left of the crossed area from the last step.

 
 





 
Pull both ends of the cord to tighten the Clove Hitch. If tied correctly, the ends will head in opposite directions.
 
 





 
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Constrictor Knot

The Constrictor Knot is another type of Clove Hitch, but is constructed differently.

This one is designed specifically for dowels and tubes, where the ends are free (no other knots present).


You need one cord to practice, at least 18 inches long.


Constrictor Knot

 
 
Loop  

Step 1: Secure one end of the cord to your board.

Bring the cord up and over the front of the dowel or tube, and down behind it. The working end should rest to the right of the secured end.

 





 
Slip Loop Over End of Dowel  

Step 2: Make a bight (fold) with the working end, and pull it towards the left, over the secured end. Secure it to your board.

Next, bring the working end up to the segment in front of the dowel. Pass under it to make the crossing point, heading towards the upper left.

 





 
Slip Bight Over End of Dowel  

Step 3: Make the bight larger and slip it over the left end of the dowel or tube. Make sure the top of it remains upright, and you don't twist it.

In other words, the back of the cord will touch the dowel. Tighten the knot by pulling on the ends.

 
 





 
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Clove Loop

This interesting variation of the Clove Hitch provides you with a sturdy loop attached to a dowel, ring, or other item.

The loop can pulled out, so this knot is best used in combination with other decorative knots.

You need one cord, at least 18 inches long.


Clove Loop

 
 
First Loop and Cross  

Step 1: Secure one end to your work surface, on your right. Bring the other end all the way around the base, front to back. The loop should be to the left of the secured end.

Bring the working end to the upper right, crossing over the segment in front of the base.

 





 
Bring End Up to Form Loop  

Step 2: Bring the working end around the base, to the right of the crossed area. Bring it to the front, passing over the secured end.

Pass the working end under both segments resting to the left of the crossed area, heading upward to the top of the Clove Hitch.

 





 
Bring End Down Under Cross  

Step 3: Move the working end down to the bottom of the base. Pass under the crossed area, as well as the other segments below it. Leave a loop at the top.

Tighten the knot by pulling on the ends as well as the loop.

 
 





 
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Boa Knot

This interesting variation of the Clove Hitch provides a very sturdy knot around thick dowels and items like curtain rods.

It will support heavy items like plant hangers, particularly those that use dowels in the design.


Boa Knot

 
 
First Loop and Cross  

Step 1: Secure one end of a cord to the board, above the dowel. Bring the working end down over the front of the base. Rotate it around to the back, slightly to the right.

The first cross is made by bringing the working end over the segment in front of the base, heading towards the left. 

 





 
Second Pass   Step 2: Rotate the working end around the base, to the left of the first crossed area (back to front).
 





 
Second Loop  

Step 3: Bring the working end over the secured end, as you bring it towards the right.

Pass it under the segment above and to the right of the first cross.

Bring the end down below the cross, and pass it under the right segment there, too. This way the end comes out directly below Cross 1.

 





 
Doubling the Knot  

Step 4: Now it's time to double this Clove Hitch design. Wrap the working end around the base on the right, under - over.

Move the end to the left, and wrap it around again the same way.

 





 
End Passes Under All Coils  

Step 5: Roll the base away from you slightly, so you can see the area below the crossed portions. Note that there are four segments.

Pass the working end under the two segments on the left.

 





 
Step 6: Tighten the knot gradually, removing the slack from the loops.

The two ends should be lined up, at the top and bottom of the design.
 
 





 
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The Python

This variation of the Clove Hitch is very thick and provides a sturdy hold. Use it in heavy projects, such as hammocks or plant hanger designs.

This decorative knot is made differently than the others, since it's constructed on a surface.

The dowel is added once the knot is made.


The Python

 
 
Counter-Clockwise Loops   Step 1: Secure one end of a 60-inch cord to your board, on the left. Make 2 counter-clockwise loops, moving left to right.

Make sure you pass the end under to make the crossing points at the bottom.





 
 
Loops Turned Sideways  

Step 2: Slide the left loop on top of the right one. Then turn both of them sideways, so the crossed areas are on the left. The working end should be at the bottom.


Be very careful not to distort the loops as you move them.

 





 
Flip to Form Figure 8   Step 3: Remove the tape or pins from the secured end. Flip the lower half of both loops over the top half. This will form a figure 8.

Adjust the ends so they come out of each circle from the inside.
 





 
Insert the Dowel   Step 4: Pass the dowel under both loops on the right.  Slide it over the center of the Clove Hitch, and under the loops on the left. 

One end will rest in the front of the dowel, and the other behind it.
 





 
Step 5: Move the coils together and tighten the knot gradually, by pulling on the ends.
 





 
 
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