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Figure of Eight Knot

The figure of eight knot (also known as Listing's knot) is used to prevent ropes from unraveling; it forms a large knob and is a very important knot for both sailing and rock climbing as helps to stop ropes from running out of their retaining devices.

Below is a representation of two figure of eight knots on one strand of rope.

Figure of Eight Knot illustration


How to Tie a Figure of Eight Knot

Video: Figure Of Eight Knot

Learn how to tie a figure eight knot.

Figure of Eight Knot tying illustration

  1. Cross the end of the rope over the top of the remaining rope making a q shape.
  2. Pinch the top of the loop and twist it away from the tail of your q.
  3. Pull the end of the rope or the tail of the q up through the upper loop from behind.
  4. Pull both ends of the rope to tighten forming a figure eight.