How to Make a Cow Hitch Knot

The cow hitch is a common knot used in lots of things including boating, climbing and even in making survival bracelets. It’s a very common knot that many people use every day without even knowing. Things like attaching luggage tags, and electronic lanyards are done with the cow hitch knot.

1. In part one of the diagram your going to fold your cord or rope so there’s a loop, and feed it through your shackle. Again this can be done with more than just a shackle, you can use a cow hitch to attach to almost anything that’s thin enough, like tree branches, key rings, and etc.

2. In this step you are simply finding your other end. If you folded you cord in half exactly, your opposite end will have equal length cords like shown in part 2 of the diagram.

3. In this part you are going to place the end you found in part 2 through the loop on the other side of the shackle/chosen object.

4. Pull your cord through all the way until the knot is tight. It should look like it does in part 4 of the diagram below.

The Finished Cow Hitch Knot

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