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Farmer's Loop

How to tie the Farmer's Loop Knot. The Farmer's Loop Knot is very useful when you want to make a loop in a rope away from an end of the rope. The loop can serve as a handhold or place to attach tools and other objects. You can also tie farmer’s loops to take up slack in a line or isolate a bad section of a rope. It is easy to untie. The Farmer's loop is tied in the bight, that is, without the ends. It is similar in that way to the Alpine Butterfly.

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Farmer's Loop Knot Tying Instructions

  • Start by wrapping the rope around your palm three times, letting the ends hang.
  • Next, lift the middle loop over the right loop (which becomes the middle).
  • In the same manner, pull the new middle loop over the left loop.
  • Again, middle over right.
  • Now middle over left, and pull out a little further to make the final loop of desired size.


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