How to tie the Figure Eight Knot. The figure eight follow through is one of the strongest knots. It forms a secure, non-slip loop at the end of a rope. Also known as the Flemish Bend, this is the most widely used tie-in knot by mountain climbers. The reason is that it is strong, secure and easy to visually inspect. Climbers often further secure it by tying a Back Up Knot with the tag end.
The knot can also be tied by tying a Figure Eight Knot with doubled line at the end of a rope (Step 1, but don’t come back through the bottom loop). It is faster but cannot be used if tying into a fixed object, so it is good to learn to tie this knot as the “Figure Eight Follow Through”. A single Figure Eight also makes a good “Stopper Knot” at the end of a rope (Step 1 with the single line but don’t come back up through the bottom loop).
Scroll to see Animated Figure Eight Knot below the illustration and tying instructions.
Figure Eight Knot Tying Instructions
- Tie a single eight in the rope two feet from its end. Pass the free end through any tie-in point if desired.
- Retrace the original eight with the free end leaving a loop at the bottom of the desired size.
- Pull all four strands of rope to cinch down the knot.
- See Back Up Knot to add a backup knot for extra security.