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How to Tie a Figure Eight Knot

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Uploaded on Sep 18, 2008

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How many hours have you spent trying to fish a lost drawstring out of a waistband or hood? Master this Figure Eight stopper knot and you'll never have that problem again.


Step 1: Make "Q" shape
Cross the end of the rope over the top of the remaining rope, making a "Q" shape.

Step 2: Twist top around
Pinch the top of the loop and twist it around once, away from the tail of your "Q."

Step 3: Pull end through loop
Pull the end of the rope, or the tail of the "Q," up through the upper loop from behind.

Step 4: Tighten
Pull the rope at both ends to tighten, forming a figure eight.

Did You Know?
The Figure Eight is the basis for several more complicated rock climbing knots, like the Figure Eight Bend and the Retraced Figure Eight.

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