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Essential Knots: Figure of eight

Use: Stopper knot, prevents a rope from being pulled through a hole e.g. through a block or ring.

Step 1. Make a bight.  Pass the working end over the standing part to make a loop.

Step 2. Pass the working end under and up through the loop.

Step 3. Pull on the end and standing part to tighten the knot.

 

Tip:

Practice tying a stopper knot at the end of a rope using a figure of eight knot.

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