The reversed crossing hitch (sometimes called reverse Munter hitch) has the same topology than the crossing hitch but is tied in the opposite direction. It’s nice to know both when you want to create symmetry, but they also function differently. The reversed crossing hitch is a locking hitch while the regular version is more of a friction, therefore when you make a inverted crossing hitch, you can drop the rope and everything will stay in place.

Reversed Crossing Hitch

Tying the reverse crossing hitch is more tricky to execute than the regular version but requires fewer full pull of ropes (so generally faster). The biggest challenge is to keep the tension when compacting the knot. There are several strategies to mitigate this; you can hold the tension at the base of the hitch while pulling, others add a twist to add friction, some prefer to pull very fast and hope for the best. Another idea is accept that some tension will be lost and slide the hitch afterward to add back the tension that was lost.

Rope Cage

Adding crossing hitches to a ladder will make it progressively stronger. To maintain symmetry we need to be able to tie it in both directions.

Safety tip: if you tie standing, make sure the person tied can holds, or leans on something so as not to fall, especially if the legs are tied.

Practice Time!

Let’s drill crossing hitches and reversed crossing hitch with a rope cage.

  • Self-evaluation checklist:
  • The knots and frictions are compacted
  • Tension is equal in all the cage lines
  • Keeping tension when compacting the reversed crossing hitch is difficult, hold on the stem and knot while pulling on the standing end
  • If you feel like your crossing hitch is rolling out, try an reversed crossing hitch. The difference in tension direction might make it better to use a reverse than a regular crossing hitch in some cases

Exploration ideas:

  • Try making a cage on different parts of the body: leg, torso, whole body, you decide!
  • Try changing the number of wraps and the distance between them
  • Try different techniques to make the base of the cage (spirals, reverse tensions, half hitches etc)
  • Experiment drawing different shapes when making the crossing hitches.
  • Create another tie that is composed from 50% crossing hitches and 50% inverted crossing hitches

Credit: M: _Era_ R/P: Ebi McKnotty

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