|Disaster Rescue - Australian Emergency Manual (Natural Disaster Organization, 183 p.)|
|CHAPTER THREE - ROPES, CHAINS AND SLINGS|
3.37 Figure of Eight Loop/Figure of Eight On the Bight (Figures 3:28 & 3:29)
This knot produces a non-slip loop which is easy to undo but a little more time consuming to tie than the Bowline. It is however, a bend rather than a knot and thus has a lower percentage deduction from the Safe Working Load than the Bowline.
Tie a single Figure of Eight knot as described previously. Take the running end and pass it around the object ie, pole or your body. Take the running end and follow exactly the path back through the knot that the running end took when forming the original figure eight. Dress and tighten. (Figure 3:28)
An alternative method where a free loop is required at the rope end, is to double the end of the rope for about 500mm. This doubled rope is tied off in the same manner as the Figure of Eight knot and forms a locked bight. This knot is known as the Figure of Eight on the Bight. (Figure 3:29)
These Figure of Eight knots are the preferred knots for forming end loops in synthetic kernmantel rope, and should be used with all synthetic fibre ropes for added safety.