How to tie a figure 8 knot

The figure 8 knot is a popular and easy to tie termination knot. The knot is easier to untie after loading than an overhand knot because of the more gentle curves but not nearly as easy to untie as a bowline. It is a good termination knot because of the gentle curves that de-rate the rope strength less than the bowline.

Figure 8 Knot Step 1 by Comtrain
Step 1

Make a loop.

Figure 8 Knot Step 2 by Comtrain
Step 2

Bring the running end around the standing part.

Figure 8 Knot Step 3 by Comtrain
Step 3

Feed the running end through the loop.

Figure 8 Knot Step 4 by Comtrain
Step 4

Pull to tighten the knot.

Figure 8 Knot Step 5 by Comtrain
Step 5

Dress and set the knot.