This is almost certainly the knot with the most awkward and most useful name. It’s our favorite way to tie off to furniture.
This is a secure, easy to tie hitch that is moderaly resistant to jamming. It’s a good choice for attaching to any inanimate object.
It’s not jam-resitant enough to be used for tying off vertical lines in suspension, however.
The friction of the round turn increases jam resistance and is very helpful when tying off a squirming load.
1Go under and around the pole.
2Go around the pole a second time.
This is called a round turn.
3Make a half hitch by going under and around the standing part, then under the working end.
4Snug the half hitch into place.
5Make a second half hitch.
6Snug the second half hitch.
CAUTION: this knot constricts when you pull on the rope. That makes it great for attaching to furniture but terrible for attaching directly to a person.
This knot is ABOK # 1720