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Knot of the Week: Knute Hitch

By The ITS Crew

Our Knot of the Week series picks up today with the Knute Hitch.

The Knute Hitch is a simple knot that can be used to attach a lanyard to a tool, or dummy cord any gear with a lanyard hole.

We’ll show the Knute Hitch tied in the lanyard hole of an SOG SEAL Pup Knife, but again, anything with a lanyard hole can be used.

It’s suggested that the lanyard hole be twice the diameter of the cord used, but as you’ll see in the video and photos, if you can squeeze the bight through, then that’s all you’ll need.

Knute Hitch » Hitches

(Strength: 4/Secure: 4/Stability: 5/Difficulty: 2)

Please refer to our  Knot of the Week introduction post for a description of what these ratings mean.


  • A quick way to dummy cord items with a lanyard hole
  • An alternative to a girth hitch in certain situations

Tying Instructions:

  1. Tie an overhand knot in the end of the standing part as a stopper
  2. Form a bight with the line
  3. Push the bight into your lanyard hole
  4. Take the knotted end and loop over the object and through the loop created by the bight
  5. Tighten by pulling on what has now become the standing part

View the gallery or YouTube video below and follow along with the steps above!

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  • Blake Mims

    Hmm i don’t know about a 4 for security. Looks like it’ll shake out pretty easily, if your not going through too tight a hole. Once that stoper manages to get past the loop, it’ll slip right off. So it either has to stay under constant tension or you have to be prepared for it to have worked itself loose…

    • Blake,

      You make a valid point, and security can be increased by adding a larger stopper knot if your rope diameter is less than twice the diameter of the lanyard hole. That or you just want more security. An excellent stopper knot is a figure 8.

      Thanks for the comment,

  • H.J. Simpson

    Good stuff guys. Bonus points to you for spelling “bight” correctly! My teeth are worn out from so many years of tying knots with bites in them…

    • LOL… Thanks, those bites don’t digest very easily either!

  • Mokhonko

    Now, important question…..
    Where is the show based??

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