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Farmer's Loop Tying

Pass the end across your hand, again, and again. Pull the center strand towards the finger tips, then the new center strand away, then the new center towards and, finally, the new center strand away. Slide the Knot off the hand and tighten.

Farmer's Loop Details

Origin: Ashley describes the Farmer's Loop twice (ABOK #1054 p 191 and #2565, p 412). He writes: "The FARMER's LOOP is shown by Professor Howard W.Riley in a Cornell reading course pamphlet of 1912, which is devoted to knots employed on the farm. The knot is a good one on all three counts – lead, security, and strength. Moreover, the method of tying it is both ingenious and distinctive, and, once mastered, it is not apt to be forgotten."

Purpose: This knot creates a mid-rope loop quickly and conveniently. Strain may applied from the loop to either end or between the two ends.

Tying It: For photography here, the hand was replaced by wood. Ashley describes tying it around the forearm or the hand. For smaller line it could tied around one or two fingers.

Uses: Although known as a Farmer's Loop it also has applications in Climbing, Scouting, and Boating.

Disclaimer: Any activity that involves ropes is potentially hazardous. Lives may be at risk - possibly your own. Considerable attention and effort have been made to ensure that these descriptions are accurate. However, many critical factors cannot be controlled, including: the choice of materials; the age, size, and condition of ropes; and the accuracy with which these descriptions have been followed. No responsibility is accepted for incidents arising from the use of this material.

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