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.
- Take the end of the rope in your dominant hand and make a small loop.
- Cross the end of the rope over the standing part of the rope to form an “8” shape.
- Bring the end of the rope up and over the loop you created in step 1.
- 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.
- Tighten the knot by pulling on both ends of the rope.
- To untie, reverse the steps and pull the ends of the rope to loosen the knot.