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 Figure Eight Stopper

Figure Eight Stopper

Description:   The Figure Eight Stopper is a slightly altered variation of the  E-Star Stopper Knot, which is used in boating, climbing and other activities that require the use of ropes. 

For Macrame, it can be tied in the center of a cord to be used as a focal point for a bracelet or necklace design.  

To use it as a stopper knot, it's tied near the end of a cord.  One or both ends are passed through the two loops at the top and it's tightened firmly. 

For instruction purposes, you will be creating this knot near the center of the cord, which should be at least 36 inches long


Step 1:  Make the first loop for the Figure Eight Stopper in the center of the cord, crossing left over right

Secure the end now on the left.

Loop 2

Step 2:  Move the working end to the left, under the secured end, rotating clockwise.

Bring it back to the right, passing over the crossing point of the first loop.

Loop 3

Step 3:  To make the third loop, move the working end under the right side of loop 1. 

Rotate it counter-clockwise, passing it over the right side of loop 1.

Pass the end under to form the crossing point.


Step 4:  Rotate the working end counter-clockwise, forming loop 4.  Pass it through loops 3 and 2, heading downward vertically. 

Pass it through loop 3 over - under (from the front).

Pass it through loop 2 under - over (from below).

Two Loops

Step 5:  Tighten the center area of the design by removing the slack from loops 2 and 3.  There will be a crossed area in the front.

Reduce the size of Loops 1 and 4 by pulling on the ends.  Leave enough space for the next step.


Step 6:  Pass both ends through loops 1 and 4, moving one right to left, and the other left to right.

Pass them through over - under - under - over.

You can tighten the Figure Eight Stopper until all 4 loops are firm (left), or you can leave it slightly loose (right).  

The best way to tighten is to pull on the cords just below the center area, to adjust the size of loops 1 and 4. 

Then pull the ends where they exit the knot.

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