Seashell Tie v2

This tie uses a larks head to start, with reverse tensions at the rear, basic Munter hitches at the front with an added weave and a half hitch to finish. It is a decorational tie but it allows you to practice tensions and frictions whilst adding some decorative flair. We have 'locked in' the Munter hitches with this tie so you can see the difference between this version and version 1 where we 'chased the rainbow'. Such simple changes can really change how your rope lies against the skin, how well it frictions and also of course, how it looks 

 

Feel free to use half hitches or other frictions at the rear to lock the elements in place, especially if you intend on wearing this harness for some time. There are multiple variants of this tie and we aim to provide three tutorials for this tie to demonstrate how simple changes can create a 'new' harness. We have purposely left the back 'messy' to allow for a nice flow as you tie. We look forward to seeing your much tidier versions! This tie in its present form is NOT suitable for suspension.

  • Start at the back and pass the bight over the right shoulder, across the chest above the left breast and under the left armpit. Create a larks head at the rear (pass the running end through the bight).

  • Create a reverse tension by taking the running end back on itself and towards the right armpit.

  • Pass the running end under the right armpit, across the chest diagonally towards the left shoulder, creating a Munter hitch where the two ropes cross. Check with your rope model as to what position of the Munter hitch they are most comfortable with.

  • Pass the running end over the left shoulder and create a reverse tension at the rear so that the rope leads back towards the left side.

  • Pass the running end underneath the left breast and diagonally up between the breasts towards the right shoulder. Tie a Munter hitch a short distance from the central one.

  • Pass the running end over the right shoulder and create a reverse tension at the rear so the rope exits towards the right. 

  • Pass the running end underneath the right breast and diagonally up between the breasts towards the left shoulder. Tie a Munter hitch a short distance from the central one as shown. At this point I joined on another rope at the rear.

  • Reverse tension at the rear so the rope exits to the left, pass under the left breast, keeping it lower than the previous rope and take it up towards the right shoulder.

  • Tie a Munter hitch on the outer right shoulder, keeping the separation between all three hitches equal.

  • Create a reverse tension at the rear and pass the running end under the right breast, creatung a weave where the central breast ropes cross as shown in the image, taking the running end up to the left shoulder.

 

  • Tie a Munter hitch on the outer left shoulder, keeping all three hitches equally spaced.

  • Create a reverse tension at the rear so your rope exits to the left, or alternatively lock off with a half hitch here and finish at this point.

  • Pass your running end under the left breast, keeping your rope lower than the previous ropes and create the weave in a clockwise direction, alternating over, under as you go as shown in the image.

  • You might need to do this loosely to begin with and then tighten it and neaten it all up once it has been fully weaved.

  • Lock off at the rear with a half hitch or other form of securing friction. Adjust the front so that the tie looks symmetrical and the lines run flat and are comfortable to your rope model.