This is an alternative to the square lashing that is suitable for use in light constructions. If you have any doubt about its usefulness or will be subjecting it to a large strain you should take the time to tie a proper square lashing instead.
It is useful in that the only knot you tie is a reef knot so can be used as a basic introduction to lashings.
Step by Step Guide
- Wrap a loop around the cross pole and ensure that you have equal length running ends.
- Take the two free ends (together) up over the upright and down behind the cross pole just like a square lashing.
- Do two or three complete wrapping turns pulling tight.
- Now separate the two ends and take them either site of the upright pole and cross them over bringing back around to form a frapping turn.
- Continue the frapping turn (each rope going in the opposite direction) until you have two or three complete turns.
- Finish with a reef knot on the cross pole next to the lashings.