Introduction: Tying a Tautline Hitch With Janine

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Hi, how's it going? I'm going to show you a useful knot called the tautline hitch. Like any other hitch, a tautline hitch is used to secure a rope to a standing object. It's similar to bowline, except with a nifty addition: you can tighten it!

Step 1: Step One: Make a Bight

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Loop your rope around what you want to bind.

Step 2: Step Two: Around Town

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Loop your working end around your standing end.

Step 3: Step Three: Around Town

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Loop around again.

Step 4: Step Four: Downtown

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Loop your working end over to the other side of your first loop.

Step 5: Step Five: in the Sewers

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Tuck your working end into the loop you just created.

Step 6: Step Six: Pull Tight

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You did it.

Step 7: It’s Adjustable!

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Cool.

Comments

hdmotorc (author)2014-08-23

Hard to explain but if you repeat step 3 a few more times like 5 or 6 loops then instead of crossing over the loops to finish you loop BOTH ends you have the Ray Mears adjustable knot. Way way stronger. I hang my hammock that way. So does Ray Mears :)

janinerogers (author)hdmotorc2014-08-23

Good to know, thanks for the tip!

Chanio (author)2015-07-04

Exelent! Clear & easy to remember thanks to the nemotechniques.

janinerogers (author)Chanio2015-07-05

Thanks Chanio! I try :)

matt matt (author)2014-08-22

Very good idea to make this instructable but you tide the knot wrong. It works the way you have it but technically it is wrong. The end of the rope that you are working with should come out the opposite side, or the same side that the other non sliding rope is on.

janinerogers (author)matt matt2014-08-23

Oh wow, thank you! How embarrassing, I'll keep that in mind in the future.

hdmotorc (author)2014-08-23

Matt has it right. Yours works I'm sure but the Boy Scout in me is cringing

Ronelyn (author)2014-08-22

Extremely handy knot, and you described it well!

seamster (author)2014-08-22

Great instructions, and nice, clear photos. Thanks!

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