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Taut-line hitch - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

-- lets you adjust tension; if using synthetic line, add an extra turn or 2 to compensate for slipperiness. Take a round turn on the stanchion, tie the hitch on the standing part (the multiple turns go toward the load/stanchion) , slide it up or down to adjust tension.
 

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If there is room I'd use a simplified trucker's hitch (slip knot for the loop), otherwise I'd use a rolling hitch (which I remember) or a taut-line hitch (similar but I have to look up).
There's considerable confusion over naming versions of this hitch; using Ashley reference numbers help clear the fog.

grog at animated knots said:
Description: The Rolling Hitch Ashley Version 2 (ABOK # 1735, p 298) attaches a rope (usually smaller) to another (usually larger) when the line of pull is almost parallel. To attach a rope to a pole see Version 1 below.

Version 1: However, to secure a rope to a parallel pole, use Ashley's Version 1 (ABOK # 1734, p 298). There is no "tucked second turn". Both of the first two turns are just wound on tightly beside each other. Version 1 grips well on poles and bars but is less secure than Version 2 on rope.

Midshipman's, Taut-Line, and Rolling Hitches: A Midshipman's Hitch (ABOK # 1729, p 296) is created when a rope goes around an object and is then tied back to itself with a Rolling Hitch Version 2 - the version better for rope. This became known as a Taut-Line Hitch and was taught exactly this way in early versions of the Boy Scouts of America Handbooks. Unfortunately, a change was made and Version 1 was substituted - the version better for a pole. So now the "Taut-Line" Hitch being taught employs the less suitable version of the Rolling Hitch, the one better preferred for a pole.

Optimism: To end this confusion I live in hope that the Scouting organizations will abandon the Tautline Hitch and teach instead the better Midshipman's Hitch.
----- Grog, at Rolling Hitch | How to tie the Rolling Hitch and Midshipman's Hitch | Boating Knots

I prefer Ashley's "Midshipman's Hitch" (#1729, p 296, #1855, p 310) -- harder to adjust but more secure on line:

Illustration from Wikipedia:
 
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