Essential Rope Knots

Half Hitch

The Half Knot is not a commonly used knot, it’s the first step of the reef knot, also known as square knot, which is a binding knot used to secure a rope or line around an object. It is formed by tying two overhand knots, with the second one being tied in the opposite direction of the first one, creating a symmetrical knot. The half knot is not used alone and it’s not recommended, because it’s not secure by itself. It’s only the first step of a reef knot, which is used to tie parcels and shoelaces, and also reefing and furling sails.

  1. Begin by passing the end of the rope or line around the stationary object, such as a tree or post.
  2. Bring the end of the rope over the standing part of the line, forming a loop.
  3. Pass the end of the rope through the loop, from front to back.
  4. Tighten the knot by pulling on the standing part and the end of the rope.
  5. The Half Hitch knot is now complete. Make sure to check the knot is secure before using.

It is an easy and simple knot, but it is not very secure, For a more secure tie-off, you can also tie a double half hitch by repeating the above steps twice or even a triple half hitch.