A small knot in the end of the line prevents this Slip knot from
coming undone. At least in theory! In practice, the loop can still
loosen off with handling, allowing even a large knot to slip through.
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
Knowing your knots is particularly handy if you make your own kites at home...
The Big MBK Book Bundle is a collection of downloads - printable PDF files which provide step-by-step instructions for many kites large and small.
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.
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.
One last tip... It is simpler and neater to use a Simple knot 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. It just might be suitable for some applications though!