Part 3 of My Knot Series: the Constrictor Knot




About: I LOVE knots. As well as other things. I post random 'Ibles not even related to knots. Sorry if there's a delay of when I post my instructables.

I am extremely sorry. My camera has been broken, and I just got a new one. So I will be continuing my knot series.
This knot is used to hold bundles of things such as sticks, poles, etc.
I hope you enjoy this, and if you want more follow me!
I only used one item to demonstrate it. If you have any questions ask me in the comments.

Step 1: Materials

Paracord 550, or rope
Item to secure it to.

Step 2: Getting Started

Start off by taking one end and doing a half loop next to the object like in the picture.
Then take the end on top and bring it over and back under like the picture.

Step 3: Over Under

Take it over again, over the first time over as in the picture.
Then under again.

Step 4: Finishing Up

Listen really closely.
Take the end over the first, then under the second.
Up through the loop after that.



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    9 Discussions


    6 years ago on Step 4

    Nice instructable! In Girl Scouts, years ago, we called this the Clove Hitch. I still use it today.

    1 reply

    Reply 4 years ago

    the clove hitch is just a bit different... clove hitch only goes through the x of rope, it doesn't wrap around like this does


    5 years ago on Introduction

    This is a brilliant knot, a bit different than a clove hitch.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I too thought this was a clove hich, now I see the difference. I know the constrictor knot is used for tying off tubing when you make your own slingshots. Glad you posted this Instructable before I made a mistake and lost an eye! Cheers!


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    I thiought that too, but checked some references and the constrictor knot is a slight variation of the clove hitch. If you use the 'two loops' method of creating a clove hitch, then the difference is that with a constrictor knot the second loop crosses over the rope like the first loop and with the clove hitch it crosses under. For either knot, the two loops method is far easier and quicker than the one above but it does only work if one end of your pole is available to slip the loops over. However it has the advantage that it can be done in the middle of a rope (the bight) without needing access to the ends of the rope.