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Lark's head

Lark's head
Very easy to do, it can be done even if both ends are tied. Both ends should have the same load, otherwise it will not be reliable. Use it when you want to tie a tarpaulin, where the holes exist.
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Submitted by: Cory Hammond
I use this knot alot to hang my bear bag. I atach it to the bag itself and the two ends to two different trees and with the rope hanging of a limb of a tree.

Submitted by: Brody McMann
This is the primary knot for Stunt kite fliers everywhere. The bridle comes to a single line with a knot on the end. The ends of the kite lines are tied in a loop and attached using a Lark's head pulled tight on the knot on the end of the bridle.

Submitted by: Marcos Villela
In Brazil we call it a "boca de lobo" and use it to prevent a stroop to slip when hooked

Submitted by: Bill Oldroyd
This knot is a reef knot!. Well just straighten one rope in a reef knot and see.

Submitted by: ray
please show a clete and a mooring knot for a boat to a dock

Submitted by: Fox
This is not suitable for a strong anchor, or webbing, especially in a dynamic system. The sharp bight can cause the rope to burn through itself.

Submitted by: V. Ellis
This not is used by cross-stitchers to organize the floss used for a project onto cards with holes in them for looping the floss through.

Submitted by: Goodie
When you collapse a reef knot, it becomes the lark's head and allows the reef knot to become undone easier. You just slide it off.

Submitted by: Chantelle
Has anyone got a picture of this knot. Please make it clear as I am visually impaired. Thanks.

Submitted by:
Not used much in climbing as someone has said. Used mainly for a safety line rather than anything that may recieve any shock. It can be used quite safely around objects of a large diameter

Submitted by: kat
The German word for this knot is "Lärchenknoten".

Submitted by: Amir Mortal
if this knot is made with a loop itis called a Choker hitch

Submitted by: Larry Kuzniak
I used this knot to hold the steering box on my truck when it broke off. I looped around the box and frame, pulled it tight and tied the ends off on the frame below and above the steering box, it worked great.

Submitted by: pete
put another turn in this and it becomes a "cats paw"

Submitted by: Jan Welde
In Norwegian it is called: "Lerkehode"

Submitted by: Claudio Guidi Colombi
In italian "bocca di lupo" (wolf's mouth). Very strange that a knot had so different names !

Submitted by: Sastsan
This knot will come off easily but when force is apllied to the end of the rope it becomes much harder to take off.

Submitted by: BB
Bill Oldroyd, this knot is not a reef knot. Lark's head knots are for securing the rope around an object, and a reef knot is for tieing a parcel.


Submitted by: Alex Charles
Its as weak as an overhand knot

Submitted by: Susan
Hello, Jan,

I will be using this useful information when making some knots to display in my livingroom. Thank you so much for the clear art work, and easy navigation of your page!


Submitted by: Jorgen
Both ends should have the same load, otherwise it will not be reliable. BUT if you twist the two ends a half turn (so the left end comes out at the right side) and the two parts crosses each other before they are layed around the bar, THEN it will be reliabel with different load at the two ends, Can be used to fasten a rope (sheet, halyard)to a fore-sail.

Submitted by: Peter
Note for "BB" re "larks head" & "reef knot"
The reef knot is designed for "reefing" Sails: ie it is easily tied and, more importantly, untied...bad news for parcel tyers...hmmm...

Larks head also commonly used for attaching cords when macrame objects are made eg bags...the "clove hitch" is better for this though.

Submitted by: Mike
Actually, the correct German translation is "Lerchenkopf".

Best wishes from Frankfurt!

Submitted by: Willie Lawrence
I think the Lark's Head knot is also known as a Cow Hitch.
Is a very important thing,
Rope is thicker,
But string is quicker"

Submitted by: MiG
I've also heard this referred to as a cow hitch, as it was used to secure cattle to posts and what not.

Submitted by: pj samson
the other name of this knot is cow hitch

Submitted by: chris jarvis
the british army use this hitch but we call it the barrel hitch.

Submitted by: Rockinbilly
The "Larks Head /Cow Hitch" is a "Hitch",only used to attatch to solid object,A Spar or Anchor etc, where as the "Reef Kont" is used to join 2 lengths of rope, so technically the Reef Knot is a Bend.

Submitted by: Marian
I am surprised but no one has mentioned that this knot is also the basic knot in Tatting where it is referred to as the "Double Stitch." In tatting we use thread that ranges in size from #10 (used for table clothes and bedspreads) down to #80 (used in very filigree doilies and edgings).

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