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How to Tie an Ashley’s Stopper Knot

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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.

Ashley Stopper Knot - Step 1
Ashley’s Stopper Knot – Step 1

Step 2 – Pull the inner loop through the knot.

Ashley Stopper Knot - Step 2
Ashley’s Stopper Knot – Step 2

Step 3 -Tuck the working end of the rope under the inner loop (red square) and then through top loop (red arrow).

Ashley Stopper Knot - Step 3
Ashley’s Stopper Knot – Step 3

This how the knot should look before pulling the ends tight.

Ashley Stopper Knot - Step 4
Ashley’s Stopper Knot – Step 4

Step 5 – Pull the ends tight to draw up the knot.

Ashley Stopper Knot - Step 5
Ashley’s Stopper Knot – Step 5

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.

Ashley's Stopper Knot
Ashley’s Stopper Knot

Hope this helps,

Bob Jackson

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Bob Jackson
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Technology product manager by day and a prolific handyman in the evenings and over the weekends. Bob was the founder of the original Handyman How To website and that tradition continues on this site with excellent new handyman content into the future.
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