Description: Figure Eight
Knots can be tied singly or in sennits
(chains). The designs on this page are
tied as single
These knots are sometimes used to decorate or
finish the cords in Macrame projects. They
can be doubled if you want to use them as focal
knots in something like a bracelet or
belt. The third and fourth designs on this
page can be made with rope to create small rugs.
The 8 shape is a historical Celtic symbol that
represents the concepts of eternity, unity and
love. The cord twists and curves in such a way
the eyes are deceived, so it appears endless.
and the EndlessFigure Eight
are not official knots. They are
variations of the basic knot.
Four types of knots are described on this page:
Basic Figure Eight
Extended Figure Eight
Figure Eight Medallion
Endless Figure Eight
Knots can be used to make interesting
Click on the link or image to see the
Basic Figure Eight
This basic Figure 8 Knot can be used as a
finishing knot. You can tie it near the
ends of cords to prevent unraveling. You
can also use it to decorate a cord. Both
options are great for fringe designs.
It does have a tendency to loosen, so glue can
be applied or other knots can be tied to secure
1: Make a loop at the
center of an 18-inch cord, crossing right
over left. Arrange it on
your board with the crook of the loop
closest to you.
Secure the left
half of the cord. The right half
will be the working end.
2: Rotate the right half of
passing it under
the left half (left to right).
This is the start of the second loop.
3: Pass the right
half of the cord through the
first loop over
Figure 8 Knot by pulling on both halves of
Figure Eight Knots usually look better if
they are slightly loose, but that depends
on how they are used.
Below are three options for securing the
When you are
tying this knot near the end of a cord to
finish it off, make sure it is very tight
and apply glue.
Cut off the excess material. Melt
the stub if you are using synthetic cord
material (like nylon).
materials like satin or parachute cord may
require you to tie other knots on either
side to secure the Figure 8 Knot.