How To: Tie a Figure Eight Knot

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Introduction: How To: Tie a Figure Eight Knot

The figure-eight knot is a type of knot. It is very important in both sailing and rock climbing as a method of stopping ropes from running out of retaining devices. Unlike the overhand knot, which will bind iron-hard under strain, often requiring the rope to be cut, the figure of eight can be easily untied after even the greatest strain. (Read More)


Step 1: What You'll Need

You will need:
Rope or String
Lighter, match, or tape (optional)


Step 2: Melt the Ends

Melt or tape the ends of your rope or string to stop fraying.



Step 3: Tie the Knot

If I make a mistake anywhere, please tell me in the comments so I can correct it.


Just follow the pictures.

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    I can't get it. Need more steps in this. So I guess this knot would be tied onto a post or other item so it can be removed easily?
    I thought that it's not a knot until it's pulled taught.

    There's always the 'trick' way to tie this knot too. Fold your arms, pick up the ends of the string and unfold your arms. Behold! A figure of 8 knot.

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    That would give an over hand (aka hitch/pretzel) not a fig8. The "trick" way to tie a fig 8 is to make an open loop held between thumb and finger. The rope tail end should be off to the right and the closed part of the loop pointing down. Twist the loop twice. As you finish the second loop your finger tips will be in the loop, reach through grab the tail pull it through. Take about 2 seconds to tie.