Loops can be strategically placed in the middle or end of a rope. The butterfly knot can be used as a secure loop in the middle of a rope and can accommodate a load in three directions. It’s dependable enough for mountain climbers to tie-in a middle climber when traveling three to a rope plus it can be used to isolate a damaged section of a rope.
Sandy: If I were doing the butterfly knot as a left-hander, I might twist the rope in the opposite direction when forming the 8 shape. I’m thinking what is more natural to me, turning clockwise, might be more natural to most right-handers whereas left-handers might turn counter clockwise naturally. Either way one turns the rope, the end result is the same with no diminished integrity of the knot.
Kelly: In the book that I got the pic/info on this Bowline it said this is the Bowline to use (vs the standard more simple one) when you aren’t able to “come at” the knot at your usual angle or side that you would “normally” be able work on. I thought it funny that there wasn’t any reference to right or left sides or hands.
Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.