Rope Bondage – Square knot single column tie

Here at Persephone’s Bedroom we’re often asked about getting started with erotic rope bondage play. In a series of tutorials we’ll break down various basic yet versatile rope bondage ties. First up is the Square knot single column tie.

Single Column 1

The Square knot single column tie has several properties that makes it an excellent choice for rope bondage. First, it’s fairly simple to tie since only a square knot is needed to secure it. This single column tie doesn’t tighten when pressure is placed on it and remains easy to untie even when pulled on. It can be used to tie wrists, ankles, arms, legs or placed around the chest and hips. It can be used on virtually any part of the body that could be considered as a column, hence the name of the tie (Caution, don’t tie this around the throat.). Single column ties can also be used to tie parts of the body together as well as tying a limb to another object, such as tying the wrists to a bedpost.

First, you need a length of bondage suitable rope. I’m using a thirty foot piece of conditioned, six millimeter hemp rope. Any length that is ten to thirty feet is good, any rope that is longer tends to be unwieldy. Also have a pair of bandage scissors in case of emergency.

Single Column 2

Take the ends of the rope in your hands and hold them parallel. Run your fingers along the rope’s length till you find the middle of the folded rope. This is called the bight and it’s the working end you will use to start the tie. I’ll be using my ankle as a column in the example.

Single Column 3

Wrap the doubled rope around your column two or three times. The more times you wrap, the more comfortable the bondage will be.

Single Column 4

Pass the bight end under all of the wraps.

Single Column 5

Pull each rope to adjust the rope cuff.

Single Column 6

Finish adjusting the rope cuff, making sure that you leave at least enough space to fit a finger between the rope and the skin. Take care not to overtighten the rope.

Single Column 7

Take both the bight end and opposite length of rope in each hand. This is the beginning of the square knot.

Single Column 8

Cross the bight end over the opposite length of rope, making a loop.

Single Column 9

Pull and secure the loop.

Single Column 10

Take the bight end of the rope and cross it over the opposite rope again, making another loop. The bight should return to the same side it began on. This is perhaps the most important step in tying the Square knot single column tie. The two loops must be tied in opposite directions in order to form a square knot that won’t collapse under pressure. If a granny knot is tied, the rope cuff will tighten when placed under pressure.

Single Column 11

Pull and secure the square knot.

Single Column 12

The finished Square knot single column tie

Single Column 13

There you have it! Practice on yourself or gain consent to practice with a partner. Remember basic bondage safety and keep the rope shears close by. Have fun, explore and keep it kinky.

All photos belong to Persephone’s Bedroom, except for the front page image, source – photo credit: beautiful [but deadly] square knot via photopin (license)

MrBLK is a blogger, writer, bondage rigger, dominant and certified geek. I've been an event promoter, dungeon monitor and founded the B'more Munch, one of the longest running meetups in the Baltimore area. I draw on disparate experiences as a caregiver, martial artist and fitness trainer to craft scenes that are innovative and fun. When not crafting diabolical plans, I relax by reading comics or swinging kettlebells.

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