Cow Hitch

The Cow Hitch, also called the Lark’s Head, is used in decorative work. It is only considered secure if the tension is on both ends.

To Tie a Cow Hitch Knot:

Start by making a double crossing turn over an object.Cow hitch step 1
Finish like a regular Bowline – bring the running end down over the top and tuck it to exit parallel to the standing part.Cow hitch step 2
Another way to tie a Cow Hitch is by first passing a bight behind and back over the object, and then pulling both ends all the way through the bight.Cow hitch step 3
Another variation of the Cow Hitch is the Pedigree Cow Hitch – the difference is that you tuck the running end inside the turns for extra security. This hitch is secure enough to put tension on just the standing part.Cow hitch step 4
You can also tie the Cow Hitch in the bight by making opposing crossing turns and placing them together, leaving it ready to slide over an object.