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How to Tie the Constrictor Hitch Knot

The Constrictor Hitch (also called a Sack Knot, Bag Knot, or Miller’s Knot) is used to clamp / fasten a rope tightly around an object.

It has a strong, vice-like grip and is hard to untie unless you slip the knot. This knot is similar to the clove hitch in appearance but the Constrictor Hitch is stronger and thus safer.

The Constrictor Hitch is recommended to tie instead of the Clove Hitch since it’s more secure and just as fast to tie. The only downside with the Constrictor Hitch is that you can’t tie it with one hand.

To Tie a Constrictor Hitch:

Place the end around and behind the item you are tying the rope to.Constrictor Hitch Step 1
Wrap the end around to the other side of the object, crossing the standing part.Constrictor Hitch Step 2
Continue wrapping the end around the dowel so the end is parallel with the standing part.Constrictor Hitch Step 3
Bring the end over the standing part and tuck it under and between the two loops.Constrictor Hitch Step 4
Dress and set the knot.Constrictor Hitch Step 5

For a more in-depth tutorial and additional information on the alpine knot, check out our video!