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How to Tie a Figure 8 Knot, Mid-Rope

This version of the overhand knot is stronger with lower-creep, yet easily-untied. This knot is perfect for securing everything from guylines to climbing harnesses.

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Put a bight in a mid-portion of the rope.

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Continue twisting another half turn, as shown.

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Insert the bight through the loop originally created with the first twist. Note the distinctive “figure eight” pattern.

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Tighten and neaten the knot, removing excess kinks and laying the cords parallel throughout.

Text and photos by Steve Howe
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