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Now wrap the cord around the straight cord again, but this time do it on the opposite side of where the cords cross. This will give you two loops near the tree and one loop closer to the tarp. Then snug everything up. (It wasn't easy the first time you tied your shoelaces but I guess you're pretty good at it now, so be patient and practice the Taut Line Hitch and you'll see how easy it really is.)

To loosen or tighten a Taut Line Hitch, hold the straight line, grab the knot and then slide it along the straight line. Unless you're holding the straight line still, the knot won't move. Very cool!