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Slippery Eight Loop

The Slippery Eight Loop Knot (HFP Slippery 8) is attributed to Dave Poston. It has surprising security (though not for critical applications such as person support) for an adjustable loop. To make adjustments to the loop just bring the working end up to make a straight line through the knot and pull the loop side to make larger or the working end to make smaller. Set the working end back to its 90 degree angle from the knot to secure the loop.

Slippery Eight Loop

Slippery Eight Loop Knot Tying Instructions

  • Begin by tying a Figure Eight at the end of a rope with enough extra line to make a loop of the desired size.

  • Leave the Eight loose and bring the working end back to the top of the knot.

  • Pass behind the standing line and feed the end through the Eight as illustrated.

  • Pull the knot tight. Adjust the size of the loop by alternately pulling the working end or one side of the loop.

Swiffy Output

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