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Clove Hitch Tutorial

The Clove Hitch (CH), also known as the Double Half Hitch, is perhaps the most common macramé knot after the Square Knot. Because it can be tied horizontally, vertically, and diagonally, it is highly versatile and lends itself well to creating more intricate patterns.

Length of cord per knot: approx. 5-7 times the length of one finished knot.

Horizontal Clove Hitch (HCH):

The HCH creates a horizontal line, with the filler cord running through it from either left-to-right or right-to-left.

Step 1:

If working left-to-right, take the left-most cord and use this as your filler cord, holding it horizontally in front of the next cord to the right.

horizontal clove hitch step 1

Step 2:

Use the next cord to the right as the working cord for the first HCH. Bring it forward, up, and around the filler cord to the left. Pull the working cord to tighten the loop.

horizontal clove hitch step 2

Step 3:

Complete the first HCH by taking the working cord around the filler cord again to the right of the initial wrap. Secure by pulling the working cord through the loop formed beneath the filler cord. Tighten the knot.

horizontal clove hitch steps 3a-3b

Step 4:

To make a row of HCHs, repeat Steps 1-3 with the next cord to the right.

horizontal clove hitch step 4

Diagonal Clove Hitch (DCH):

The DCH is worked much the same way as the HCH. Rather than holding the filler cord horizontally across the working cord, it is held on a tilt.

Step 1:

If working left-to-right, take the left-most cord and use this as your filler cord, holding it diagonally in front of the next cord to the right.

diagonal clove hitch step 1

Step 2:

Use the next cord to the right as the working cord for the first DCH. Bring it forward, up, and around the filler cord to the left. Pull the working cord to tighten.

Step 3:

Complete the first DCH by taking the working cord around the filler cord again to the right of the initial wrap. Secure by pulling the working cord through the loop formed beneath the filler cord. Tighten the knot.

diagonal clove hitch steps 3a-3b

Step 4:

To make a row of DCHs, repeat Steps 1-3 with the next cord to the right, placing each DCH slightly lower than the previous knot.

diagonal clove hitch step 4

Vertical Clove Hitch (VCH):

The VCH differs slightly from the HCH and DCH knots. For a VCH, the vertical cords are used as filler cords, and the working cord remains the same across the cords.

Step 1:

If working left-to-right, use the left-most cord as the first filler cord. Wrap the working cord around the filler cord, then gently tighten the loop by pulling the end of the working cord.

vertical clove hitch step 1

Step 2:

Complete the first VCH by wrapping the working cord around the filler cord beneath the first wrap. Pass the end of the working cord through the loop, then tighten the knot by pulling the end of the working cord.

diagonal clove hitch step 2

Step 3:

Repeat Steps 1-2 to make a row of VCHs.

diagonal clove hitch step 3

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