KOTM: Alpine Butterfly Loop

Knot of the Month - Alpine Butterfly Loop

alpine butterfly.jpgOverview

Also known as Lineman’s Loop 

The Alpine Butterfly is a strong loop that can be tied on a bight.  The loop does not roll to either side as a figure 8 would, making it more stable when you need a loop along a length of rope.  Tension can be equal on either end of the rope and it is fairly easy to untie.  The Alpine Butterfly Loop is also a way to temporarily secure a weak or damaged section of rope. 

  • Wrap the rope around your hand twice.
  • At the end of turn one, position the rope close to your fingertips. 
  • Continue around and complete turn two back near your thumb. Pick up the turn near your fingertips.
  • Wrap it around the other two turns.
  • Slide the knot off your hand and tighten by pulling on the loop and the ends. 


View Step by Step directions at animatedknots.com

View YouTube Video "How to Tie an Alpine Butterfly Loop"