Figure-Eight Knot

In this post I show how to tie the figure-eight knot with words, images and on video. The figure-eight knot prevents that a line slides out of a pulley or a grommet when the knot is tied at the very end of the line.

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Follow these steps for tying the figure-eight knot:

I put the line in my left hand. I take the tail with my right hand and place it over the line so that both parts cross. As a result there is now a loop at the end of the line.


I take the point where the both parts of the line cross each other between my thumb and my forefinger of the left hand.


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With the right hand I grab the tail underneath the loop. I take it up to the right side …


… and stick it into the loop from above.


Now I pull both parts of the line …


… and the figure-eight knot is finished.


For some of the nautical knots there are memory rhymes. For the figure-eight knot it reads as follows: There is a baby and I wrap a scarf around its neck. Then I put a dummy into its mouth. I pull on both ends of the line again and the figure-eight knot is finished.

Practice the figure-eight knot till you are able to tie it with closed eyes or behind your back.

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