The crossing hitch, nodome の留め in Japanese, is great to create a structure when two lines cross. This friction is often called a Munter hitch even if the crossing hitch is a little different from the knot popularized by Mr Munter. The Munter hitch is a classic knot in climbing to add friction for controlling rate of descent in a belay system and the crossing hitch has a different purpose which is to hold things in place at a crossing angle.

Crossing Hitch

The crossing hitch is an asymmetric knot, it can be tied from the left or right, and the top and bottom portions are also different. The difference between these will be minimal if the ropes cross at 90 degrees on a flat plane. But rope bondage is a 3D art, as we aim slightly left or right, up or down, the forces inside the rope will make the rope shift in different ways.

Rope Net Improvisation

Start with a single column tie and let the rope flow and follow these simple rules:

  • When two rope cross, do a crossing hitch
  • Keep adding rope for as long as you have fun (and feel safe)
  • Recommended: take a step back and admire the beauty of your partner

Safety tip: Avoid crossing rope over joints and adding pressure on nerves.

Practice Time!

Create a tie that will uses crossing hitches as its main structure. Use crossing hitches every time two rope cross each other.

Self-evaluation checklist:

  • The rope folds in a way that makes the crossing hitch compacted for maximum efficiency
  • The crossing hitch is tied in the direction that it will stay closed. This depends on the direction of the rope takes after it. When going straight, the direction won’t matter, but when deviating at an angle, one side will hold better than the other
  • Maintain equal tension across the tie, note that catching a previous rope and pulling will progressively add tension. This is an opportunity to fix previous tension that was too loose.

Exploration ideas:

  • Place the crossing hitches in locations that will make them fun to press like a button, such as nipple or other soft part of the body
  • Try a different starting point: wrist, angle, waist etc.
    Explore asymmetric arms positions
  • What is your favorite way to include the lower body?
  • Take a step back, where else can another rope be added?
  • Can you get faster at untying by using both hands at the same time?

Inspirations and Resources

Coming soon!

Credit: Rope net idea by Pedro Cordas. Crossing hitch R/P: Ebi McKnotty. Rope Net 1 M: _Era_ R/P Ebi McKnotty Rope Net 2 M: FreakyFerret R/P: Ebi McKnotty Rope Net 3 M: Miss_Soffia R/P: AlexK7

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