Ashley’s Stopper Knot is used in the Rope Tree Swing project to mount the seat. The knot was invented by Clifford Ashley and is documented in The Ashley Book of Knots.
The Ashley Stopper Knot is bulky and symmetrical with a large load bearing area for the seat of the rope swing to rest upon. This is a great knot to know because it’s useful in so many situations and works for string and rope.
The key to successful knot tying is to pay careful attention to over/under lay of the rope and left/right orientation.
The rope is 5/8 inch diameter braided polypropylene.
How to Tie an Ashley’s Stopper Knot
Step 1 – Loop the rope as shown, then pull the inside loop (red arrow) through top loop trap it.
Step 2 – Pull the inner loop through the knot.
Step 3 -Tuck the working end of the rope under the inner loop (red square) and then through top loop (red arrow).
This how the knot should look before pulling the ends tight.
Step 5 – Pull the ends tight to draw up the knot.
Completed Ashley’s Stopper Knot
Note the triangular symmetry of the Ashley’s Stopper Knot that creates a large load-bearing surface for the swing seat to rest upon.
Hope this helps,