How To Tie A Figure 8 Bend
Want to learn how to tie a figure 8 bend? A "bend" is when two ropes are joined together and a figure eight bend means the two ropes are joined using figure eight knots. To tie a figure eight bend, you will first be working with one of the two ropes to form a figure eight, then you will add the second rope to complete it.
- Take one end of one of the ropes. Measure off an arm's length to have enough rope to work with.
- Make a loop by twisting a bight. The working end of rope should be over the standing end.
- Bring the working end around to the back of the standing end. Cross around the back and to the right side of the standing end.
- Take the working end over the loop made in step two. Pull through the loop to see the figure eight shape but do not tighten completely.
- Now add the second rope by threading it through the figure eight already made. This second rope should also form a figure eight.
- Warning-the two ropes should be approaching each other from opposite directions to create resistance. If the ropes form a figure eight going the same direction, there is a danger of the knot slipping.
- Leave a tail or working end long enough so that the knot can slip some as it is tightened. For extra security, add a stopper knot when finished.
- Sometimes the Figure eight Bend is referred to as the Flemish Bend. These names are equally correct and interchangeable so it is advisable that you are familiar with both names.