What are the benefits of one method over the other? I do have a starting clamp, but it seems easier to just tie a knot and go, rather that clamp it and then come back 3,4 strings later and tie it off. What would be the advantage of using a starting clamp to start the crosses with? If you do use a starting clamp, how many do you string before you go back and tie off the first cross? Would you then use just a normal "tie off" knot, like a double half hitch or parnell knot or do u still use a "bulky knot"?