How to tie the Figure 8 knot

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The figure 8 is most often used to make a knot on the end of a line. This can prevent the end of the line from passing through a block or hole, keeping it ready for use. The double figure 8 can be used to tie two lines together, and the "mountain climbers" knot forms a loop somewhere in the middle of the line. Another variation is the "stopper knot", which has an extra round turn on one side of the figure 8.

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To see just how easy the figure 8 is to tie, see this video of a whitetail deer doing it!
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