Kite Flier's knot gallery

These four knots are all a kite flier (like me :-) needs. By clicking the thumbnail image you'll get a better JPEG-image (30...40 KB).

Lark's head

You don't need any metal snaps to attach your flying lines to the bridle, lark's head will do it reliably and without extra weight.

Lark's head locks similar to Prusik knot. Use it on single line kites to attach tow point loop to the bridle, adjust and lock in place. If it slides, use Prusik knot.

Figure 8

Figure 8 is better than overhand knot to make a loop on a flying line. It's easier to untie and does not reduce the line strength as much. Preferred method to make end loops on stunt kite lines.

Overhand Knot

If strenght is not your concern, overhand knot is less bulky than figure 8. Overhand knot in the image of Prusik, click it.

Prusik

Prusik knot is well known by mountain climbers.

Actually it is a variation of Lark's head, which has one loop around the straight line, Prusik has two. I usually make three loops, Prusik+ like in the image.

Prusik is very good when you need to adjust the length of a line and then to lock it in place. I use it in stunt kite bridles, in Rokkaku tension lines, etc...

Step-by-step illustration of making a Prusik knot (17KB).

I never found a name for a knot like U-Prusik, the lock mode of the Prusik - then started to call it U-Prusik. If there is a "proper" name for it please tell me! Zed Turner-Johnson suggest the knot is called "Cat's paw", which it looks like.

U-Prusik

This is the lock mode of Prusik. Pull the red line ends and U straigth to adjust the length.