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Round Turn and Two Half Hitches

Round Turn and Two Half Hitches

The strong knot consists of two parts, a round turn and two half hitches. The first part takes the initial strain and controls the load as you complete the knot. It also provides friction against the support. It is critical for holding mooring lines. It fastens a rope to a fixed object such as a post, tree, ring or column. It retains 75% of the line strength.


In 1794, David Steel referred to this knot in his book, Elements and Practice of Rigging and Seamanship. It has also been mentioned in The Ashley Book of Knots.

How to Tie a Round Turn and Two Half Hitches Knot Step By Step

How to Tie a Round Turn and Two Half Hitches Knot Step by Step


  1. The round turn can be reinforced with 1-2 additional turns if you are handling heavy loads like large vessels or when you are working against strong winds.
  2. If you want to utilize excess line or make the knot more secure, you may consider adding more half hitches to the standing part.
  3. If you have excess rope, it would be a good idea to use a bight instead of an end. It gets rid of a long tail that might hang in the way or require coiling. It also imparts a quick release attribute to the knot.
  4. Ensure that the 2 half hitches are tied in the same direction.
  5. You can use a quick release version of the 2 half hitches by not pulling the line all the way through while tying them.



  • Easy
  • Does not bind to the tying point making it simple to untie
  • Self-tightening
  • Can be tied under load
  • The end tends to get loose.

Round Turn and 2 Half Hitches v/s Other Knots

  1. Clove hitch – Quicker to tie but less secure. It slips easily.


  1. Commonly in homes.
  2. Tying a winch on a sailboat and a hammock to a tree.
  3. To stop or finish a lashing.
  4. Attaching a mooring line to a ring or dock post in boats and vessels.
  5. Bushcraft.
  6. Camping.


Steps to Tying a Round Turn and Two Half Hitches

  1. Wrap the end around the support
  2. Wrap it around the standing part of the rope
  3. Make another turn
  4. Take it out of the loop
  5. Tighten and you are done

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