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How to Tie a Figure Eight Knot

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.
  • FACT: The Figure Eight is the basis for several more complicated rock climbing knots, like the Figure Eight Bend and the Retraced Figure Eight.

You Will Need

  • A single length of rope

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