The Loop Knot
Variations And Applications
Any Loop knot can be used for forming a Lark's Head at the end of a flying line. The simplest version will weaken the line somewhat more than the others.
Now, the simple loop on the end of a flying
line is fine for small kites, where the line usually has ample strength.
However, for much bigger kites, it's a good idea not to weaken the line
unnecessarily. In particular, there are 2 knots which offer greater
strength than the simple Loop - the Double Loop and the Figure Eight
Other uses for this knot include...
If you're in the habit of using a Truckie's Knot to pull some
bow into a spar, then of course, that uses the Loop Knot as well. No
need for anything fancier there.
The Dowel Sode uses 2 long loops of flying line to tension the
bowed horizontal spars away from each other. The simple Loop is
adequately strong in this situation too.
Now, if you really
want to go overboard with knot-tying...
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The Double Loop is significantly stronger
than the Simple Loop. That is, it does not weaken the breaking strain
of the line as much. However, it's almost as easy to tie as the Simple
version. Just wrap the loop around twice instead of once. That's
it. Use this knot on the end of your flying line, so it can be attached
to a kite bridle with a Lark's Head.
This knot is also worth remembering whenever you want to tie a large
knot that will not pull through another knot. For example, near the
towing point of a keel. Or perhaps to make completely sure a Slip Knot
doesn't slip undone! In both those cases, the Double Loop looks
neatest when the loop is tied as small as possible. After all, the loop itself is not being used for anything.
I guess if you are using a tent peg as a ground stake, it would
be handy to just slip a loop over to hold the line. In that case, you
would have a loop tied into both ends of the flying line.
A double-ended flying line would also come in handy for attaching
2 kites together in a train. If the kite closest to ground had a short
line out the back, with a large knot, the line to the second kite could
just be Lark's Headed on. Quick and simple.
The Figure Eight Knot is another loop variation which is significantly stronger than the Simple Loop. It's a fishing knot, and just a little trickier to tie.
Many kite people use this knot on the end of their flying lines,
which is then Lark's Headed to a kite's bridle. One day I'm going to get
around to doing some tests to see if it really is stronger than the Double Loop Knot. The results will be reported on this website!
I suppose the Figure Eight could be used as a large terminating knot like the Double Loop, but the latter is much quicker and easier to do.
How about a loop tied into both ends of the flying line?
Like the Double Loop, the Figure Eight could then be used for tethering a
kite to a ground stake. Just by slipping the loop over, as long as the
stake was shaped or angled to ensure the loop doesn't slip off.
Also, with the right bridles, flying lines with a loop knot on both ends could be used to hitch together a train of kites.
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Sep 21, 14 09:44 PM
Victoria Park adjacent to the Adelaide CBD in South Australia, that is. This large grassed area which forms part of the eastern parklands of the city is used for various events from time to time. Including, in the past, major horse racing and a section of a Formula 1 Grand Prix track.
An invite had gone out to various kite enthusiasts to meet and fly, since the weather looked good. We arrived after lunch, only to discover very light winds. A lone R/C flier was enjoying the easy conditions with his 3-channel electric trainer. Like a tiny Cessna, if you're not familiar with model aircraft.
For a while it seemed we were alone, before spotting a power kite in the distance, making brief forays into the air. Victoria Park is rather large!
It actually turned out to be quite an enjoyable outing, with the 2.4m (8ft) Multi-Dowel Barn Door kite just scraping into the air. But then, thermals were everywhere. It wasn't long before the large pale blue kite went right overhead! At other times, I simply toyed with the Barn Door, floating it way out on a long line then pulling it up to over 200 feet.
Another RC flier was now having success launching his glider, finding thermals, and gaining height in them.
We were eventually joined by two other AKFA members including the President. A couple of ripstop-and-carbon light-wind kites went up, with plenty of success. By now the breeze had come across the park from just about every point of the compass. Variable indeed!
In the distance, someone had been lofting a large but light-wind parafoil. It was interesting to see it sink out as an utter 'bag of washing' during a dead calm spell! Someone else had some success with a small blue Delta for a while.
All up, a worthwhile day IF you were flying lightly-loaded kites! No luck for Mike with his power kite and skateboard...
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