Essential Rope Knots

Figure Eight

The Figure-Eight Knot is a type of stopper knot that is used to prevent a rope from running through a piece of equipment such as a belay device or a carabiner. It is a very important knot in both sailing and rock climbing as it prevents the rope from slipping out of the retaining device. The Figure-Eight Knot is relatively easy to tie and is considered to be secure and reliable when tied correctly. It is also used as a double-figure-eight for belaying in climbing and for tying up a boat to a dock.

  1. Take the end of the rope in your dominant hand and make a small loop.
  2. Cross the end of the rope over the standing part of the rope to form an “8” shape.
  3. Bring the end of the rope up and over the loop you created in step 1.
  4. Bring the end of the rope back down through the “8” shape, making sure to pass the end over the standing part of the rope.
  5. Tighten the knot by pulling on both ends of the rope.
  6. To untie, reverse the steps and pull the ends of the rope to loosen the knot.