Knute hitch

The Knute hitch is used to attach a lanyard of small stuff to a marlingspike or other tool. Rigger Brion Toss named the hitch after his favourite marlingspike of the same name,[1] although the hitch is likely much older.[2]

Knute hitch
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RelatedMarlinespike hitch
Typical useAttaching a lanyard to a tool


The lanyard line should be just small enough to fit doubled through the lanyard hole in the tool. This is done, forming a protruding bight. The end, with a figure-eight knot stopper, is placed through the bight but not fully pulled through. Finally, the bight is withdrawn, jamming the bight and line end in the hole. To release, pull on the end and remove it from the bight.

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  1. ^ Toss, Brion (1992). The Rigger's Locker - Tools and Techniques for Modern and Traditional Rigging. International Marine. p. 105.
  2. ^ Budworth, Geoffrey (1999). The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Knots & Ropework. London: Hermes House. p. 102.

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