How To Tie the Trucker's Hitch Knot

Have you heard of the trucker’s hitch knot? Well, strictly speaking, it is a good knot. Creating some slippery hitches essentially forms it. Since it has been used widely, it has various names. In fact, it is also known as the haymaker’s hitch, the lorry hitch, and the harvester’s hitch. It is favored for its distinct feature. It can provide a 3:1 purchase once tightened. You can use it when you need to account for tension in your line. Some of its practical applications include setting up or installing a clothesline or a tarp. In other words, it is quite valuable when you need to secure some loads.

Here are some fast facts for your reference:

  • Know its basic structure.  A trucker’s hitch knot has a number of variations. But basically, its structure has three main components, namely: the loop, the purchase, and the two half hitches.  You can form the eye just by twisting your rope. After that, you can pass the loop into the eye. On the other hand, you can create the purchase by holding your rope’s free end. Then, you let it pass around the hook first before you return into the loop. Once you have tightened everything, you can use the tail to put together the two half hitches just below your original loop.  
  • Learn how to create the slip knot. It is one of the variations of a trucker’s hitch knot. It is a simple overhand loop and used as “a stopper”.  If you have done it correctly, you slip it instantaneously just by pulling its end. According to some knitting references, it is the first knot that you have to make when you “cast on”.
  • Figure out how to form the noose. It is quite similar to a slip knot. However, it readily tightens when you pull it out. In a number of survival classes, it is usually favored when you have to attach your rope into a tarpaulin. Then, you can get a plastic and a pinch of dirt (medium-sized). You can employ them as a pouch. Eventually, you can create the noose around the neck of your improvised pouch. Grab the other end of it and secure it to a stake implanted into the ground or to a tree.
  • Prepare to take the strain. Thread and tighten the free end of your rope. After that, prepare to take the load temporarily. You can do that by pinching your rope. Do it where the loop passes through. Use your other hand in forming the two half hitches.

You can master tying the trucker’s hitch knot through practice. You can use a piece of rope as your practice aid. It is highly important to get yourself more familiar with the trucker’s hitch knot basic structure. Afterwards, you can challenge yourself to be more adept with the other variations. You can also practice doing the slip knot and the noose. Both variations can help you take down the strain effectively. You just have to be patient while practicing on the knots. Simply repeat the recommended steps until everything becomes effortless and seamless for you.


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