This is an interesting knot. I like it because it’s used to bind something as opposed to being a stopper knot, such as the Overhand, Double Overhand or even Triple Overhand. While those knots generally stand on their own, the Strangle Knot is tied around an object, such as a tree, pipe, etc…
The Strangle Knot is known as a binding knot and is quite similar to the Constrictor Knot, but differs slightly. I’ll get to the Constrictor at a later date. For now, know that this knot is extremely handy as a temporary clamp when gluing things together, to hold something that’s rolled up from not unrolling and to stop the ends of a rope from fraying any more than they already have. And believe it or not, this knot is simply the Double or Triple Overhand knot when they’re tied around an object. There’s not much difference.
For the first part of this post, I’m going to show you how to tie a loose piece of rope around a demo log that I just found on my firewood pile. The piece of rope is only about four feet long. I’ll be doing three turns around the log for this one. After that, I’ll demonstrate how to tie this knot when you have just one end of a longer piece of rope. This one is tied a bit differently, but it’s the same exact knot. I’ll only do two turns for that one though.
Let’s get going. Grab yourself a piece of rope and something to tie it around.
Next, slide one end of the rope underneath the log and then pull enough rope through to make three revolutions around the log. Then, go ahead and wrap the log with the rope three times. Both ends of the rope should end up on the same side of the log.
After that, loosen the rope that’s been wrapped around the log enough to easily slide one end underneath the wraps. Take the stop working end and snake it under the remaining two wraps.
This is a more close up view of the same step.
Take the other working end (the bottom one) and bring it up and over the top working end.
Once it’s up and over the other end, go ahead and slide it underneath all of the wraps or rope around the log.
Finally, take both ends of the rope and pull them tight. Fix (dress) the knot by neatening things up and making sure the rope sits well next to itself. Here’s the final Strangle Knot.
And here are two more views; one from the side and then an up close shot.
Up next, I’ll show you how to tie this same knot, just from the working end of a rope.
For part two of this knot tying adventure, I’ll show you how to tie just one end of a rope around an object, ending up with a beautiful Strangle Knot.
To start off with, get one end of your rope ready, along with your object. In my case, it’s my trusted log again.
Next, take the working end of the rope and wrap it over and around the log once.
Pull the end of the rope so you have some slack. Then, cross over the rope that’s already wrapped around the log and make a second wrap.
Loosen the wraps a tad and then tuck the working end underneath both wraps, making sure to go over and then under the standing end of the rope.
Here’s a different view of the same step.
Finally, pull the working end and standing end apart in different directions and you’ll have a wonderful Strangle Knot. Again! Here are a few different angles for you.