Creating a beautiful pattern on a folded leg represent an interesting challenge. The shape of the knee is much more unforgiving for rope slipping than other parts of the body that are have more volume and curves to work with. A solid design along with good tension and control is the key to keep the rope in place for a beautiful tie.

Diamond Frog Tie

There are many ways to draw diamonds on the leg, each of them will bring an interesting challenge. Using the open diamond pattern is an interesting one as it will progressively add tension and get tighter on the leg. You can also design your own pattern using hitches to draw different shapes.

Look again at the patterns from previous chapters such as Day 17 and see how you can adapt them for the shape of the folded leg.

Practice Time!

Create your own diamond pattern 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
  • Move the leg around, does the tie stay in place?
  • Pull the rope in different directions; how does it hold?
  • How is the blood circulation? Does the foot become numb after some time?

Exploration ideas:

  • Try different techniques to create the shape – Opening diamonds, drawing diamonds with X shapes, making a spiral and completing the diamonds.
  • Different sizes/numbers of diamonds
  • Different level of tightness to see what stays the most in place
  • What Are there other shapes that would be interesting to draw with rope?

Credit: Open diamonds – M/R: Ebi McKnotty P: AlexK7 – XXX diamonds – M: AlexK7 R/P: Ebi McKnotty – Spiral diamonds M: Miss_Soffia R/P: Ebi McKnotty

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