Figure 8 Knot

Figure 8 Knot

Figure 8 Knot

The figure 8 knot also known as the Flemish knot is a type of stopper knot that helps in climbing and sailing by not allowing the tag ends of ropes to slip out of the retaining devices. While climbing, you can also use it as a hitch. Having an efficiency of about 80%, it is the basis of many other complicated knots used for the purpose of rock climbing like the figure 8 bend, figure 8 on a bight, figure 8 follow through, double figure 8 knot, etc.

How to Tie a Figure 8 Knot

How to Tie a Figure 8 Knot


  1. The easy knot can be even made in a one-handed technique


Double Figure 8 Knot – A simple figure of eight knot with 2 double loops creates this modified version.



  • Less prone to failure
  • Easy and quick to tie and untie
  • Not being a very strong knot suits light applications


  1. In rescue
  2. Boating
  3. Backs up the figure 8 follow through enabling attachment to a climbing harness
  4. For maintaining and growing long horse tails
  5. In lashing
  6. In macramé jewelry
  7. Forms beautiful necklace and wedding ring patterns
  8. To make decorative napkin rings
  9. In paracord bracelets
  10. Forms the eternity symbol in feng shui
  11. Aids in hanging a child’s swing

Tying a Figure Eight Knot Video

How to Tie a Figure 8 Knot Step by Step

  1. Make a loop with an end
  2. Now pass the end through it
  3. Pull both sides to adjust the knot
  4. The finished knot resembles an “8”


Overhand knot – The figure of 8 knot jams under strain like the overhand knot but it can be untied more easily.

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