Sometimes we want to catch a limb in the same way we would do with the single column tie but using the middle of the rope.

Half Hitch Inline Cuff

If we add one more wrap around a column to a half hitch we get a very fast, practical and comfortable cuff. This is not a very stable tie so make sure to hold the tension in place. This is also called hojo cuff because of it uses in hojo-jutsu 捕縄術, a rope based martial art.

There are many more variations to create inline cuff, we’ll look into these in day 205

Mayfly Pattern

A mayfly pattern is created when we tie inline cuff in a zig zag pattern, then come back to complete the symmetry. Bonus: crossing hitches when two ropes cross will help adding solidity to the tie.

Practice Time!

Create a mayfly pattern using cuffs and crossing hitches.

Self-evaluation checklist:

  • Tension is maintained during the whole duration of the tying process
  • Two fingers gap inside the cuff, not too tight, not too loose
  • The wraps are flat against the body
  • The frictions folds in a way that makes them compacted for maximum efficiency
  • No unecessary twists in the rope
  • Each inline cuff has the same amount of slack and are of even tension
  • The wraps are positioned symmetrically on each side

Exploration ideas:

  • Try different number of wraps in the cuff
  • How many hojo cuffs can you put on a single limb?
  • What different part of the body can you create a mayfly pattern on?
  • Can you tie a mayfly between a person and something else?
  • What happens when you move the limbs after being tied?

Credit: Half hitch inline cuff – M/R: Ebi McKnotty P: AlexK7 Mayfly pattern M: Miss_Soffia R: Ebi McKnotty P: AlexK7

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