Figure-of-eight loop

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Figure-of-eight loop
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Names Figure-of-eight loop, Flemish loop, Figure eight on a bight
Category loop
Related figure-of-eight knot
Typical use sailing, climbing, camping, caving
ABoK #1047


A figure-of-eight loop (Flemish loop, figure eight on a bight) is a type of knot created by a loop on the bight. It is used in sailing, climbing, camping, and caving.

The double figure eight is used to put a loop in the end of a rope, or around an object. It is relatively easy to tie and is secure, but can become difficult to untie after heavy loading, and can jam badly in any rope type.

Tying methods

A figure-of-eight loop tied using the follow-through method.

One can easily make a loop using a double figure eight knot by doubling the rope, then tying the standard figure eight knot. If the loop has to be made around a post or through a ring, and only one end of the rope is available, the follow-through method is used by tying a loose figure eight knot in the rope, then putting the working end around the object. The working end is retraced through the original figure eight knot to form a double figure eight.

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