Using the space between the calf and the tight to cinch will make the structure more sturdy. This prevent slippage, especially keeping wraps close to the knee from flipping over. It allows to pull and play with the tie in a rougher play without compromising its integrity. This can be harder than it looks, the space is very narrow and getting the rope through may feel like threading a needle. The rope used for cinching may add an element of discomfort as well. Solidity always come at a cost.

Cinches in Tight Places

There are several strategies that we can use to mitigate the inconvenients of tying cinches in tight location. These are useful for frog tie, but also for any tie that uses cinching in narrow location.

  • Placement: Pick where your wraps are to have enough space for your cinch. Being too close to the knee joint will force the rope in bad places
  • Maintain leg position: Cinching wraps closer to the ankles may affect the leg position so it’s better to do it first. Bending the leg further after being tied will make the wraps closer to the knee looser.
  • Avoid bulk: Make sure the rope goes into a straight line, good tension will help prevent rope from bunching up in the cinch. Avoid rope extension in the cinch.
  • Go for the big gap: Insert the rope closer to the foot where there is more space, and then slide it up toward the knee
  • No crossing: Make sure the cinches don’t cross and braid in the gap. Choosing carefully the order in which we tie the cinches and direction in which we tie can prevent this. Start from the knee and then down to the ankle.

This activity builds on the concepts from Day 6, you might want to review it before starting.

Practice Time!

Experiment with different strategies to add cinches to your frog tie design

Self evaluation checklist:

  • Is the leg fully bent, can the leg still move at the knee?
  • Frictions are tight and compact with no undesired twists
  • Tension is even across the tie, especially the cinches
  • Are the cinches straight in the gap? Is there any bulk?
  • Move the leg around, does the tie stay in place?
  • Pull the stem in different directions; how does it hold?
  • How is the blood circulation? Does the foot become numb after some time?

Exploration ideas:

  • Try different placement of wraps
  • Different number of wraps
  • Cinch the wraps in different orders
  • Vary the tension on the cinches
  • Challenge: try cinching the same wrap twice.

Credit: Three wrap frog tie M/R: Ebi McKnotty P: AlexK7 Large wrap frog tie M: AlexK7 R/P: Ebi McKnotty

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