All the different frictions can be used to tie the legs folded. A single column around the ankle will help put the leg in position, with the heel as close to the tight as possible. Then wrapping around the leg will keep it into place using friction will make the tie solid.

Spiral Frog Tie

Using a spiral structure is a fast and aesthetic way to create a frog tie. You can use a simple loop around friction, or more complex ones like the crossing hitches for more solidity.

Flexibility will increase as someone relax into this position. It is important to bring the heel as close as possible to the tight in the first place to make the tie solid.

Many other frictions can be used. Check out Day 2 for more ideas.

Practice Time!

Create a frog tie by wrapping rope around a bent leg and use different frictions to make it solid.

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 stem in different directions; how does it hold?
  • How is the blood circulation? Does the foot become numb after some time?

Exploration ideas:

  • Vary the number of wraps
  • Vary the distance between the wraps
  • Try different techniques: loop around, crossing hitches, inverted crossing hitch etc.
  • How close to the hip can you tie?
  • How close to the knee can you get before things start to fall apart?
  • What’s the most comfortable spot?
  • What is the difference between wrapping clockwise or the opposite?
  • How does it change the pressure on the front of the tibia?
  • What is the purpose of tying a stem on both sides? Is it necessary?

Credit: M/R: Ebi McKnotty P: AlexK7

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