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|Names||Figure-eight loop, Flemish loop|
|Related||figure-eight knot, flemish bend, Figure-of-nine loop, spider hitch|
|Typical use||climbing, caving|
A figure-eight loop (also figure-eight on a bight or Flemish loop or Flemish eight) is a type of knot created by a loop on the bight. It is used in climbing and caving where rope strains are light to moderate and for decorative purposes. The knot is commonly followed by tying a strangle knot (AKA Half a Double Fisherman's Knot) or an overhand knot around the standing end.
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.
A figure-eight loop is created by doubling the rope into a bight, then tying the standard figure-eight knot.
Alternatively, to tie the knot directly around an object, the follow through method must be used.
- Tie a regular figure eight knot with a significant amount of extra tail.
- Loop the tail around the object.
- Thread the tail back through the figure eight to create a normal looking figure eight on a bight.
- Mountaineering: Freedom of the Hills, 8th ed., p. 141
- "Figure Eight Follow Through", Animated Knots by Grog. Accessed: April 2013.
- Photographs showing how to tie the figure of 8 loop knot
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