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A butterfly knot is a fixed loop tied in the middle of a rope. It's the knot of choice to form a fixed loop when making a rope tackle (trucker's hitch).

There are a number of other knots that do the same thing, but the butterfly knot tends to work better because it doesn't jam when strained and it's easy to untie.

Click here for a additional information and a complete treatment of this useful knot.
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Step 1: Where Will It Be Tied?

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Determine where along the Standing Part you want the knot tied.

(For Rope Tackles, tie the Butterfly Knot near the Anchor Point, leaving enough room to apply strain to the line and reserving enough room to tie off the rope tackle.)

Step 2: Form Loop 1

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Form a large overhand loop (Loop 1).

Step 3: Form Loop 2

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Twist Loop 1 forming a second overhand loop (Loop 2).

Step 4: Working With Loop 2

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Pass Loop 2 under both Loop 1 and the Standing Part. (Loop 2 is now the "running end.")

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Step 5: Tying the Knot

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Pass Loop 2 back over the Standing Part and down through Loop 1.

Step 6: Forming the Fixed Loop of the Butterfly Knot

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Pull Loop 2 completely through Loop 1.

Step 7: Dress the Knot

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Finish the butterfly knot by tightly pulling Loop 2 and both sides of the Standing Part.
joelhunn2 years ago
Very helpful tutorial. Maybe the backdrop is a little obscuring, but I appreciate you posting this.
Larry Green (author)  joelhunn2 years ago
No doubt about it. The background is (more than) a little obscuring. Like camouflage! C'est la vie.
joelhunn Larry Green2 years ago
ha! Nonetheless, a good and helpful post! Have a great day (and with your sense of humor, I'm sure that you will)