This useful knot works well in a wide variety of materials, even bungee cords. Because it will accept pulling in any of the four directions of its ends, it can be used to form the center
of a four-way tie-down. Credited to Clifford Ashley, this knot is very dependable and can be untied even after heavy loading. See Animated Ashley's Bend below.
Ashley's Bend Knot Tying Instructions
- Form a loop at the end of one rope, preparing to tie it into an Overhand Knot.
- Take the end of the second rope and feed it up through the first loop, making its
own loop to be tied into an Overhand Knot.
- Complete the two Overhand Knots, taking care to feed the working ends through
each other’s loop as well as their own.
- Pull all ends to tighten.