tiny dob of glue will make the knot permanent after it is first tied and
tightened. Alternatively, you can simply check all the knots before
each flight, re-tightening where necessary. They are less likely to
Slip knot with Loop knot stop
Slip knot with Loop knot stop
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1. Start with a small Loop knot in the end
2. Around and across
3. Round the back and through
4. Tighten against loop knot
I have used this knot many times for securing bridle lines to spars. If you keep the Loop knot as small as possible, it doesn't look too untidy. It's a good idea to not fix the knots with glue until after the kite has had it's first test flight or 2. Just in case you decide to make any changes!
For a Barn Door kite which stays rigged, this knot can attach the bridle lines to the frame and hold the spars together where they cross. However, I soon discovered that fixing the knots with glue was necessary. The constant flexing of the spars in flight tended to quickly loosen off the knots!
For a time, I experimented with using the single-wrap knot to secure the sail corner ties of the Dowel Roller and Dopero to the horizontal spar. You have no adjustment though, so I'm sticking with Half Hitches now. Not the most secure, but at least you can adjust the length of the tie, if you don't get it right the first time. It's just a matter of unpicking the knot and re-tying.
Another tip... It is simpler and neater to use a single-strand knot such as a Figure-8 instead of a Loop to stop the line from pulling through. However, it is not as reliable due to the much smaller size of the knot, so it would pay to fix it with a drop of glue. I have discovered from experience that if you use wood glue, the knot can still be worked apart later, if you need to re-use the materials for another kite.
Double Wrap Slip Knot
For a Double Wrap Slip Knot, just wrap the line around the spar twice instead of once, before slipping the Loop knot through. Not surprisingly, this version stays tight a lot longer.
The last caption up there says 'work around until tight'. This just means to pull the line back and forth, causing the wraps to slide around the dowel. First in one direction and then the other, back and forth. While this is happening, the Loop knot will creep towards the wraps until it comes up tight. It feels so satisfying :-)
As mentioned earlier, there's more kite-making on this site than you can poke a stick at :-) Want to know the most convenient way of using it all?
The Big MBK E-book Bundle is a collection of downloads - printable PDF files which provide step-by-step instructions for many kites large and small. Every kite in every MBK series.