Introduction: How to Tie a Basic Figure Eight Knot & the Follow Through

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A figure eight with a bight is a famous knot in the rock climbing world. When climbing, you would use a figure eight with a bight (a bite is a loop) to tie yourself onto your harness to prevent you from falling. You achieve tying a figure eight with a bight simply by following the leading end of your rope through the basic figure eight. Before you move on to the figure eight on a bight you must first know how to tie a basic figure eight.

Step 1: Step 1

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Like with any other knot, the first step to tying a figure eight knot is to identify your leading end of your rope, and your standing end of your rope. The leading end is the end part of the rope; the part that will be leading the tying of the knot. The standing end is the part of the rope that stays stationary; the part that the leading end will tie around.

Step 2: Step 2

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The second step is to put your leading end over the standing end, creating a loop at the end.

Step 3: Step 3

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Now take the leading end, and put it underneath the standing end, creating an "8."

Step 4: Step 4

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Remember that hole you made in step two? Well all step four is, is sticking the leading end through that hole.

Step 5: The Fifth and Final Step

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Now all you have to do is pull the leading end and the standing end together to create the finalized basic figure eight.

Step 6: The Follow Through

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Now is the part where we begin the follow through to make the bight (the loop). We begin by identifying the leading end, which we will be following through.

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Take the leading end and put it next to the line coming out of the knot.

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Now, put it under the line that forms a bridge above the line the leading end is next to.

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Pull it through.

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Continue bending the leading end around the standing line.

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Bring the leading end under the 'bridge' formed by the line on top. Then, begin to bend the leading end for the next step.

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Continue bending the leading end around the standing line

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Bring through the last 'bridge'

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Pull all ends.


amackinnon2 (author)2013-09-20

a good demo of a figure eight follow through but if your going to use it for climbing then you should also mention the stopper knot.

someone will say - you do not need one - avoid climbing with them

jolshefsky (author)2013-09-17

Nice pictures and a decent, basic Instructable. One note, though: "bight" is a loop of rope; "bite" is to grip.

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