Here's the video version as a reference:
The opening move is to capture a bight of rope on your small finger. This simple step leaves the majority of your hand available for more work.
Holding your small finger fixed in space, rotate your hand in the direction that your palm faces. Think of this move as the thumb sweeping out an arc as it points down. Once the thumb reaches the down position, your middle three fingers grasp the rope.
Now rotate the thumb back up, while maintaining that three finger grasp. A loop will form. Note how your small finger positions underneath the point of intersection. Open your middle three fingers. You have just captured the first loop of the clove hitch. Moreover, this loop represents the start of numerous other knots.
As the squeeze is completed, the rope slips off the thumb. The thumb nudges the rope back onto the fingers. This action transfers a loop on your fingers. You're now holding two identically shaped loops on your hand. These two loops are the components that make the clove hitch.
By straightening your middle three fingers, the clove hitch is dressed into position. It's ready to use.