The single hitch, or otherwise known as the half hitch, is a starter knot. It’s not something you’d use to tie anything important to, but it is good to know and be aware of because it is the foundation for many other knots. I’ll cover those other knots in the future on this forum.
Basically, this knot is a replica of the Overhand Knot, but with this version, the rope is tied to something as opposed to just being a simple knot in the middle of a rope. As is true with the Overhand Knot, a drawloop can be included in this Half Hitch. This version is identical to the Overhand Knot with Drawloop that I showed you previously.
Again, this knot isn’t to be used for anything more than the simplest of uses. It can’t hold any weight and it’s not reliable.
To tie this knot, you’ll need a rope and something to hitch to. I used a log, but more common would be a ring or some sort of a pole. I’m sure people from way back when tied their horses to rings that were stationed around town.
To start off, get your rope ready with the object you’d like to tie it to.
Take the working end and loop it around the object you’d like to tie to.
Next, take the working end and bring it around the standing part of the rope.
Finally, pass the working end of the rope through the eye of the loop that was created by wrapping the rope around the object. If you pretend the log isn’t there in the photo above, you’ll see that you’re left with a loop in the rope.
To finish the knot, pull both the working end and the standing part until the knot is tight.
If you’d like to include a drawloop with this knot, you can simply use a longer working end (tail) and as you’re pulling it through the eye of the loop, bend it and don’t pull it all the way through. Or, you can snake the end through and bend it so it snakes back and then tighten the knot.
This next version of almost the same knot is known as Two Half Hitches or a Double Half Hitch. Like the half hitch, this knot is used to tie a line or rope around something and it really is one of the most popular basic knots. It’s used while camping all the time and it’s much stronger and more reliable than the Half Hitch by itself.
When tying this knot, it’s critical to tie it so both hitches match each other. So, if you took the standing end (running end) of the rope and passed it over the standing part for the Half Hitch, you’ll need to do the same exact thing a second time. Don’t get confused and pass it under. It needs to go over if it went over the first time. If passed under, a different knot will be created that’s utilized for different things.
After you take the running end and pass it over or under the standing part and through the loop, pull to tighten the knot.
And there you have it, the Half Hitch and the Double Half Hitch. If you have any questions or if you’d like to add something, please do so below. Thanks!