Monday, December 23, 2013

Joining Rope Lux-uriously

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Here are three ways to extend your rope. I recommend trying each technique and seeing what works best for you. I prefer the sheet bend because it lies flat (so it's more comfortable) and has a cleaner look than the more common lark's head extension. It also works equally well with either stopper knots or whip-stitched ends. Happy tying!

Sheet Bend Extension Version 1


Start with the tails of the rope you are extending and the bight of the rope you are adding on.

Pass the tails through the bight.

Pass the tails behind the new rope.

Wrap the tails around the bight to form a loop.

Pull the tails through the loop you have created.

Tighten down by pulling in the direction of the arrows.

Your rope should look like this.

This is the backside.

Sheet Bend Extension Version 2

(credit goes to L'Orange for this one)


Start with the tails and the bight of the rope you are adding on.

Cross the two ropes.

Fold the tails down over the bight.

Bring the tails up around behind the bight so that it's wrapped around the bight.

Pull the tails through the bight.

Pull the rope in the direction of the arrows.

Pull in the direction of the arrows until the knot is tight.

Your finished tie should look like this.

This is the back side of the sheet bend.

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