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Paracord Knots and Hitches| How To Make Paracord Hitches

Paracord Knots and Hitches | How to Make Paracord Hitches

Paracord Knots and Hitches| How To Make Paracord Hitches

So you want to ride your horse into town to get some chewing tobacco and a new set of spurs, but you don’t know how to hitch a horse. How embarrassing. Hitches are used to bind ropes to objects (whereas knots are technically meant to bind ropes to other ropes), and they are a necessity for the DIY survivalist and any self-reliance connoisseur. Here are four simple hitches that you can make with Paracord (or any rope, string, ribbon, lace, garter belt, whatever, we don’t judge) and practice at home.

What you do with them will no doubt go down in the annals of hitch-tory.

How to Make Four Badass Paracord Hitches

Supplies for Making Four Badass Paracord Hitches:

  • Paracord
  • (1) Screw eyelet (for practicing)
  • (1) PVC Pipe or other straight bar (for practicing)

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The Two Half Hitches

Paracord Knots and Hitches| How To Make Paracord Hitches

The two half-hitches is a part of a family called “binding hitches.” Not surprisingly, these types of hitches are meant to bind and, also not surprisingly, they are typically used in situations where you don’t want/need to quickly untie your hitch. You may have also heard it referred to as a “clove hitch over itself.”
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Step 1: Thread the paracord through the eyelet

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You can use anything to practice these knots on, but open eyelets are an easy practice tool to use.

Step 2: Wrap the paracord around the outside and through the loop that it makes

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Just a simple overhand knot

Step 3: Repeat step 2

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And another

Step 4: Pull tight

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Once weighted, this simple hitch seats very tightly and can be quite difficult to untie, especially with thinner rope and paracord.

The Tautline Hitch

Paracord Knots and Hitches| How To Make Paracord Hitches

Unlike the Two Half Hitch, the Tautline Hitch is easy to untie. When it is not weighted, you can adjust its placement on your line easily, making it an ideal hitch for lashing down your tent, tarp, or any other situation where you might need to adjust the length of your line.

Step 1: Wrap the string around the pin and behind itself

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Nothing fancy yet.

Step 2: Wrap the string over itself and through the loop two times

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Step 3: Wrap the string over itself and through the loop again (behind, or to the right in this picture, of the other two loops)

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This knot allows you to adjust the length of the rope

With the Tautline unweighted, slide your hitch up and down the line. It should move freely. Then pull tightly on your rope and it should cinch in place wherever you currently have it on the line.

The Slippery Hitch

Paracord Knots and Hitches| How To Make Paracord Hitches

The Slippery Hitch is ideal for any situation where you may need to untie your hitch quickly. When fastened over an object, the hitch holds strong. But once the object is removed, a simple tug on the string undoes it.

Step 1: Make two loops in your line (inverse to each other)

Paracord Knots and Hitches| How To Make Paracord Hitchess
Notice how the loops are inverses of each other

Step 2: Thread the left loop through the right loop

Paracord Knots and Hitches| How To Make Paracord Hitches

Paracord Knots and Hitches| How To Make Paracord Hitches

Step 3: Pull the right loop tight

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Paracord Wrap, Paracord Handle, Paracord Knife, Cool Paracord Pr

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Step 4: The remaining loop is what will be fastened on your object

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When weighted, the loop will tighten up over the object.

Paracord Knots and Hitches| How To Make Paracord Hitches
This hitch can be thrown over a fence post to keep your horse from getting all crazy. Damn crazy horses and all their horsing around.

Step 5: When you no longer need to fasten to the object, take the loop off and pull either end of the rope

Paracord Knots and Hitches| How To Make Paracord Hitches

Paracord Knots and Hitches| How To Make Paracord Hitches
Give it a tug and it will come undone

Paracord Knots and Hitches| How To Make Paracord Hitches

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The Trucker’s Hitch

Paracord Knots and Hitches| How To Make Paracord Hitches

If you only have room in your head for one hitch, the Trucker’s Hitch should probably be it (though if you are that slow…you probably aren’t reading this). While it could be used in any situation where something needs to be secured as tightly as possible, it’s most obvious use is fastening things to the top of your car or into your truck bed.

Step 1: Hitch one end of your rope to a point (Perhaps use one of the hitches you just learned!)

It doesn’t matter how you affix this end, as the trucker’s hitch will evolve from this fixed point.

Paracord Knots and Hitches| How To Make Paracord Hitches
Use this opportunity to practice one of the awesome hitches above

Step 2: Make a loop in the line outside your initial tie-down point

Paracord Knots and Hitches| How To Make Paracord Hitches

 

Paracord Knots and Hitches| How To Make Paracord Hitches

Step 3: Twist the loop three to four times

Paracord Knots and Hitches| How To Make Paracord Hitches

Paracord Knots and Hitches| How To Make Paracord Hitches
This is basically the Slippery Hitch but with a twist

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Step 4: Make a Slippery Hitch

Take the free end of your line and feed a bite of it through your twisted loop.

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Paracord Knots and Hitches| How To Make Paracord Hitches
Pull the bite through, just like you did with your Slippery Hitch.

Step 5: Tighten up the Slippery Hitch

Take your line and pull it tight so the loop is cinched into place.

Paracord Knots and Hitches| How To Make Paracord Hitches

Step 6: Wrap the free end of your string around another point

Paracord Knots and Hitches| How To Make Paracord Hitches
You will most likely be using two different points in your truck bed

Step 7: Feed the string through the Slippery Hitch

Paracord Knots and Hitches| How To Make Paracord Hitches

Step 8: Pull as tight as you can

Paracord Knots and Hitches| How To Make Paracord Hitches

Step 9: Fix the loose end in place with another hitch

Through any hitch (we used a two-half from above) onto the second point with the rest of your line.

Paracord Knots and Hitches| How To Make Paracord Hitches

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Now you have at least four hitches in your arsenal. Try practicing these hitches once a week until you know them by heart. Once you have them mastered, be sure to check out our other paracord tutorials and become a knot tying expert!

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Comments

  1. ken says

    I think you’ll find that using a clove hitch instead of the slipped timber hitch will work better on the trucker’s hitch. nice work though.

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