How to Tie a Basic Kite String

by Kahlea Pendleton
There are many techniques for tying a knot for kite flying.

There are many techniques for tying a knot for kite flying.

There are many ways to tie a knot on your kite string. You can tie the kite's line by attaching the line to an anchor or you can tie a knot to make a loop. You can also make knots in the line to shorten or stop the line at a certain point and you can make a knot to join two lines together. You can use basic knots to tie a line to a kite. Here you will learn how to tie the reef knot and others.

1. Tie a reef knot. Place each line in each hand. Place the line in your left hand over the line in your right hand. The line in your left hand should go underneath the line in your right hand. The lines should now crisscross each other. Place the line in your right hand over the line in your left hand. The line in your right hand should go underneath the line in your left hand. You should now have a loop. Pull both lines firmly at the same time to make a knot. Once the knot is tight and firm, you are ready to fly your kite.

2. Tie a lark's head knot. This knot is strong and resistant to slippage, according to James S. Aber, a Professor of Geology at Emporia State University. Hold the line where the two ends are parallel to each other. Place the line over and under the anchor. Place the two working ends through the loop and tighten the rope.

3. Tie a bowline knot to make a loop. Cross the end of the line over the remaining part of the line. Pass the tail of the rope from behind and back toward the remaining line, leaving a larger loose loop. Place the short end of the line under the remaining part of the line and then pass the shorter end of the line through the front part of the smaller loop. Hold the short end of the line and the larger loop and then pull the remaining part of the line, making your knot (see Resources).

Items you will need

  • Kite lines
  • Anchor

About the Author

Kahlea Pendleton has worked as a freelance editor since 2008. She has edited content for ChaCha.com a well-known, fast-moving texting company as an expeditor and has served as a homeschool teacher assistant for the past two years. She also has her degree in music education.

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