- One of the most underated knots in Scouting and Guiding, the Rolling
hitch is used to attach one rope to a second, in such a manner that the
first rope can be easily slid along the second.
- The knot can be considered a Clove hitch
with an additional turn.
- When tension is applied and the ropes form a straight line, the rolling
hitch will lock onto the first rope. When the tension is released, the hitch
can be loosened and slid along the first rope to a new location.
- The tension must be applied on the side of the knot with the extra turn.
- Tip. Use this knot if you have a guy rope with no adjuster. Create a
loop on the end of a second rope which is slipped over the peg. Use a
rolling hitch to attach the second rope to the guyline. Alternatively, take
the guyline around the peg and tie the Rolling hitch back onto the standing
part of the guyline, above the peg, thus forming an adjustable loop. This is
known as the Tautline Hitch in America.
- Tip. Use this knot when constructing camp gadgets such as a suspended
table. A Rolling hitch in each suspension rope will allow easy adjustment
and a level table!
- Tip. When adjustments are complete, lock the rolling hitch into place by
using a stop knot such as a Figure of Eight in the
first rope, below the Rolling hitch, to stop it slipping.