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I like the smell of sun-dried clothes/blankets/etc, and I got some line to make a clothesline. I've got a device that you pull the line through and it stays where you pulled it, which will be on the end of the line that's anchored to my great outdoors vehicle. I don't know the name of the device, but, anyway, the other end is to be tied to a tree branch. I'm wondering what would be a good knot to tie around the branch so that it can stay tight from the pull on the anchored end---with the device, but be able to be pulled loose on the branch end when I need to?

That is to say, I need the following:

(1) I can tighten the loop.

(2) I can pull the loose end of the rope to undo the whole thing.*

(3) I don't have to pick at the rope to undo it.


*While the loop is around the branch.

  • I was hoping for something fancy. That I might not know of. :-) – user13336 Jun 21 '17 at 1:52
  • If you're looking for something you don't know of, you should edit your question and tell us what knots you know and perhaps why you think there could be something better (tension, maybe?). – Roflo Jun 21 '17 at 16:40
  • Remember to protect the tree, even if it is just a clothes line on a branch. – Willeke Apr 1 '18 at 14:29
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Have you considered a quick-release hitch? My first instinct was a highwayman's hitch, but that page suggests the tumble hitch as a superior alternative. Both knots have one end that can hold a load, and another end that can be used to instantly untie it.

A word of warning: don't use these knots for anything where a failing knot will cause more harm than some dirty clothes. As these are quick-release knots, they are more prone to unintentionally releasing quickly.

  • This is perfect. Now I just have to commit it to memory. – user13336 Jun 22 '17 at 16:25
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Round turn and two half hitches:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Round_turn_and_two_half-hitches

That's exactly what this knot is for.

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What your talking about here is essentially a slip knot. This will tension under load and not slip off. There are several options I'd say:

If you want to tension the line you can use something like a truckers hitch, I used this on my house washing line to get it good and tight.

Simply for simplicity I'd probably say a noose is the best bet. If you want something fancy then use the running bowline.

If the line is slipping laterally (on a horizontal branch), you may want to attach it using a prusik. This will resist slipping sideways as it will "grip" the branch.

  • I like the figure of eight, but, if my topology is correct, it looks like you'd have to be free of the branch in order to unknot it. Is that correct? – user13336 Jun 21 '17 at 17:31
  • I like the noose, but I want to be able to pull the loose end of the knot and have it be undone without me having to pull at the rope. Does that make sense? – user13336 Jun 21 '17 at 17:35
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I'm partial to the Anchor Hitch myself.

It's simple, secure and you will be able to untie it when you're done.

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The timber hitch works wel for tying the line to larger trees, the clove hitch is fine for any thin poles.

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A bowline knot or a clove hitch.

(1) (2) (3) added to the question after this answer.

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    Expanding with pictures would be great. – Aravona Jun 21 '17 at 7:33

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