The adjustable grip hitch is used to tie off a line so it can be adjusted without untying it.
We love the adjustable grip hitch for tying off limbs in floor bondage.
It’s also great for stress positions like the hogtie where it’s useful to be able to intensify the position as your partner settles into it.
If you’re using slippery synthetic rope, you may find that the midshipman’s hitch holds more reliably than the adjustable grip hitch.
Like all other sliding knots, the adjustable grip hitch is not entirely reliable and should never be used for critical vertical lines in suspension.
1Double back and go over and around the green rope, inside the standing part.
2Make a second full wrap around the green rope, inside the standing part.
3Make a third full wrap, this time around both the green rope and the standing part.
Pass the rope under itself to make a half hitch.
4Snug the knot into position. Take your time and make sure that the whole knot is tidy and snug.
This knot doesn’t appear in ABOK.
The adjustable grip hitch is not the adjustable jam hitch (ABOK 1994), no matter what Wikipedia says.
And despite the confusing name, it is not the same as the adjustable hitch (ABOK 1800).
It is occasionally and incorrectly called a modified taut line hitch.
This is part of a family of similar knots that are frequently confused with each other. See the Friction Hitches chapter introduction for a full discussion of the topic.