Today’s Knot of the Week is one of my favorites and is a simple and expedient way to tie a lanyard to pretty much anything with a lanyard hole. It’s also great for hanging up banners, which you can thank me later for suggesting.
(Strength: 4/Security: 4/Stability: 5/Difficulty: 2) See below for what these ratings mean.
The Knute Hitch can also be utilized for tying onto things with grommets as well, just like the banner I mentioned. Flags are another area this hitch shines in.
It’s suggested that the lanyard hole be twice the diameter of the cord used. As you’ll see in the video, as long as you can squeeze the bight through, then you’re good to go. While you can use a standard overhand knot to tie the stopper knot needed to make the Knute Hitch work, I prefer the Figure-8.
Each knot will be assigned a rating from 1-5 (1 representing the lowest score) based on the following four properties:
Strength – All knots will weaken the strength of a rope, however, there are knots that are stronger than others. The scale here will reflect how strong the rope remains with the specified knot.
Security – The security scale refers to how well the knot will stay tied, and resist coming loose under a normal load.
Stability – Stability refers to how easily the knot will come untied under an abnormal load (i.e. the knot being pulled in a direction it was not intended to) A lower score here represents instability.
Difficulty – The lower the number, the easier a knot is to tie.
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