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Lash on an Angle with Diagonal Lashings

By The ITS Crew

Today we continue our KOTW Lashing series with the Diagonal Lashing.

The Diagonal Lashing is “diagonal” because it’s used to bind poles that cross each other at a 45 ° to 90 ° angle. Binding poles together in this way will prevent racking and add stability, thus preventing them from moving apart.

A Diagonal Lashing can replace a Square Lashing (which is stronger), but not vice-versa.

Diagonal Lashing » Lashings

(Strength: 4/Secure: 4/Stability: 3/Difficulty: 3)

Please refer to our Knot of the Week introduction post for a description of what these ratings mean.


  • Binding poles that cross each other at 45 ° to 90 ° angles
  • Creating cross-braces on a structure

Tying Instructions:

  1. Start your Diagonal Lashing with a Timber Hitch on your bottom-most pole.
  2. A Timber Hitch is simply a turn around the post and wrapping the working end a few times around the standing end (see photos).
  3. Tighten the Timber Hitch on the bottom-most pole and wrap the working end over the crossing pole.
  4. Wrap three times from both directions (right angles) to create an “x” shaped pattern.
  5. Make three frapping turns in the space between the two posts.
  6. Finish the Diagonal Lashing off with a Clove Hitch and cut/tuck in the excess cordage.

Click here to view step by step photos on Flickr

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Possibly it holds better to the diagonal tension than the clove hitch?

teddy eisner
teddy eisner

Hey, im a fan of the subject here and i didnt quite get how diagonal lashings are diffrent then square lashings. Could you please explain?


Any particular reason you start with the timber hitch on this one as opposed to a clove hitch as on the square lashing?

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