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Figure Eight Loop

The Figure Eight Loop is one of the best known and most widely used of all knots. It is probably the safest and quickest way to form a loop at the end of a rope. It is comparatively easy to tie and it stays tied. Its disadvantages – it’s difficult to adjust and cannot easily be untied after loading – tend to be outweighed by its general usefulness.

To Tie a Figure Eight Loop:

Double over the rope and form a loop.Figure eight loop 1
Now bring the doubled working end over the doubled standing part and back up through the original loop.Figure eight loop 2
Pull the doubled working end through the original loop and slowly draw the knot together by pulling the loop and the main standing part.Figure eight loop 3
Tighten the final knot, making sure that the figure eight pattern and the loop have been correctly formed.Figure eight loop 4