The photograph above shows starting
positions that will produce ABOK 1452, Ashley's Bend, and ABOK 1409,
unnamed, when completed as indicated below. The line drawings above are
from ABOK. Since Ashley drew ABOK 1452, Day discovered
was easier to produce the same knot starting from the "two-P's"
labeled "Ashley's Bend ABOK 1452" in the photograph above.
of starting from the configuration labeled
"ABOK 1409" in the photograph. Here's what Ashley had to say about
1409, "...[I]t is one of the least
secure knots known, its only rival being the Whatknot. The change from
one of its forms to the other (1408) may happen accidently or
So the knot is quite untrustworthy."
Note that in the
(ABoK 1452) configuration the end of the white rope rises up
(out of the page)
through the loop of
the brown q
while in the incorrect
(ABoK 1409) configuration the white rope descends down
(into the page) through the brown q. Complete the structure of the knot
by lifting the
two free ends at
the upper right and pushing them together down through the two loops,
These photos show Ashley's Bend being dressed to produce the jamming
configuration -- the tail of each cord emerges from the bend closer to
its own standing part than to the other standing part. The jamming
configuration usually results from the two-P's method unless special
care is taken in the dressing. See the links below for more detailed
dressings for the non-jamming configuration.