Paracord Knots And Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches

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Secure those tents and save your life with these paracord knots and hitches for beginners.

In this article:

  1. Why You Need to Learn How to Knot the Paracords
  2. Simple Paracord Hitches You Can Learn Today
    1. Supplies You Need
    2. Two Half-Hitches
    3. The Tautline Hitch
    4. The Slippery Hitch
    5. The Trucker’s Hitch
  3. Simple Paracord Knots for Beginners

An Easy Guide to Using Paracord Knots and Hitches for Survival

 

Why You Need to Learn How to Knot the Paracords

Paracord knots are one of the most useful skills you need to know as a self-reliance connoisseur. Also, parachute cord or paracord is a must-have item for preppers on the go and those living off the grid.

You can learn different paracord knots and hitches to make life easier. These include the king cobra knot or paracord lanyard knots. You can even teach yourself paracord bracelet knots. Regardless of the pattern or design, you can use the knots to bind ropes to other ropes and the hitches to secure objects to the lines.

Simple Paracord Hitches You Can Learn Today

As a DIY survivalist, here are the most critical hitches for beginners you need to know.

Supplies You Need

Supplies You Need | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches

1. Two Half-Hitches

Two Half-Hitches | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches
The two half-hitches is part of a group called binding hitches. You use it in situations when you don’t want or need to quickly undo your hitch. Others refer to two half-hitches as clove hitch over itself.

Step 1: Thread the Paracord Through the Eyelet
Thread the Paracord Through the Eyelet | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches
You can use anything to practice these knots on, but open eyelets are an easy practice tool to use.

Free Paracord Bracelet - FireKable by Survival Life | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches

Step 2: Wrap the Paracord Around the Outside and Through the Loop It Makes
Wrap the Paracord Around the Outside and Through the Loop It Makes | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches
Use a simple overhand knot for this step.

Step 3: Repeat Step 2
Repeat Step 2 | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches
Tie another overhand knot.

Step 4: Pull Tight
Pull Tight | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches
Once weighted, the two half-hitches is tight. It’s simple, but it can be quite challenging to untie, especially with thinner rope and paracord.

2. The Tautline Hitch

The Tautline Hitch | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches
Unlike the two half-hitches, the tautline hitch is easy to untie. When there’s no object attached to it, you can easily adjust its placement on your line. This makes it an ideal hitch for lashing down your tent or tarp. It is also useful in situations where you need to adjust the length of your line.

Step 1: Encircle the Paracord Around the Pin and Behind Itself
Encircle the Paracord Around the Pin and Behind Itself | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches

Step 2: Wrap the Paracord Over Itself and Through the Loop Two Times
Wrap the Paracord Over Itself and Through the Loop Two Times | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches

Step 3: Repeat Step 2 (but Only Once)
Repeat Step 2 (but Only Once) | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches
Do this step behind (or, in this picture, to the right of) the two other loops. Doing this paracord knot allows you to adjust the length of the paracord.

With the tautline unweighted, slide your hitch up and down the line. It should move without restrictions. Pull your paracord tight to cinch it in place on the line.

3. The Slippery Hitch

The Slippery Hitch | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches
If you’re working with your paracord knots, you need to learn the slippery hitch. It is ideal for situations when you need to untie your hitch fast. When fastened over an object, the hitch holds strong. Once you remove the item, a simple tug on the paracord will undo it.

Step 1: Make Two Loops in Your Line (Inverse to Each Other)
Make Two Loops in Your Line (Inverse to Each Other) | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches
This is what inverse loops look like.

Step 2: Thread the Left Loop Through the Right Loop
Thread the Left Loop Through the Right Loop | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches

Thread the Left Loop Through the Right Loop | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches
This is how your paracord should look like.

Step 3: Pull the Right Loop Tight
Pull the Right Loop Tight | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches

Pull the Right Loop Tight | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches

Pull the Right Loop Tight | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches

Step 4: Fasten the Remaining Loop on Your Object
Fasten the Remaining Loop on Your Object | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches
When weighted, the loop will tighten up over the object.

Fasten the Remaining Loop on Your Object | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches

Step 5: To Unfasten the Object, Take the Loop Off
To Unfasten the Object, Take the Loop Off | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches

To Unfasten the Object, Take the Loop Off | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches
To do this, pull at both ends of the paracord.

To Unfasten the Object, Take the Loop Off | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches

To Unfasten the Object, Take the Loop Off | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches
Tug at them, and the slippery hitch will come undone!

4. The Trucker’s Hitch

The Trucker's Hitch | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches
If you have to choose among the paracord knots and hitches, you need to learn the trucker’s hitch by heart. It is useful when you need to secure something as tightly as possible. The most common use of the trucker’s hitch is fastening things on top of cars or truck beds.

Step 1: Hitch One End of Your Paracord to a Point
Hitch One End of Your Paracord to a Point | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches
Use this opportunity to practice the impressive paracord knots and hitches we talked about earlier! It doesn’t matter how you affix this end as you can make a trucker’s hitch from this fixed point.

Step 2: Make a Loop in the Line Outside Your Initial Tie-Down Point
Make a Loop in the Line Outside Your Initial Tie-Down Point | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches

Step 3: Twist the Loop Three to Four Times
Twist the Loop Three to Four Times | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches

Twist the Loop Three to Four Times | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches

Twist the Loop Three to Four Times | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches
Tie your paracord in the same way as above.

Step 4: Make a Slippery Hitch
Make a Slippery Hitch | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches
Take the free end of your line and feed a bite of it through your twisted loop.

Make a Slippery Hitch | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches

Make a Slippery Hitch | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches

Make a Slippery Hitch | Paracord Knots and Hitches | How To Make Paracord Hitches
Pull the bite through just like you did with your slippery hitch.

Step 5: Tighten Up the Slippery Hitch

You made the trucker’s hitch!

Related Read: 80 Uses for Paracord That Will Surprise You

Simple Paracord Knots for Beginners

Sometimes, a single rope is not enough to do a hitch. This is where your knowledge of paracord knots come in handy. Here are four basic styles to learn:

  • Figure 8 Knot — It is a type of stopper knot. It prevents ropes from running out of retaining devices.
  • Bowline Knot — It is one of the paracord knots that are easy to tie and untie. You will have no problem untying this knot even after subjecting it to a load.
  • Clove Hitch Knot — Also known as a double hitch, its most effective use is being a crossing knot.
  • Reef Knot — You can use this paracord knot to secure objects.

To learn more about these five survival paracord knots, check out this article.

Related Read: 36 Awesome Paracord Projects For Preppers

 

Are you interested to learn more paracord knots and weaves? To know how to make paracord snake knots, check out this video from WhyKnot:

A survivalist’s life is not complete without these essential paracord knots and hitches. Go over each step as many times as you need to master each one. These tricks will come in handy not only during emergencies but also in your day-to-day life. Always be a proactive prepper!

Have you experienced the need to use paracord knots and hitches? Share your experiences with us in the comments section below!

Up Next: 40 Essential Knots Every Survivalist Needs To Know In The Outdoors

 

Editor’s Note: This post was originally published on May 19, 2014, and has been updated for quality and relevancy.

This article was originally published on Survival Life

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