How To: Tie a Butterfly knot to create loops in rope midpoints

Tie a Butterfly knot to create loops in rope midpoints

This Butterfly knot will accommodate a load in any direction, and is used mostly in outdoor and boating situations, but also could be used as a paddling knot. It's used for securing a loop or many loops in the middle of a rope. Great for mountain climbing and canoeing.

Mountain climbers use the Butterfly knot for tying-in the middle climber when traveling three to a rope. Also useful for making non-slip loops in the middle of a rope to attach carabiners to provide purchase points for a winch line – essential in canoe rescue work. It can take a load in any of the three directions, independently or together. The knot can also be used to isolate a damaged section of a rope.

1. Twist the rope into the shape of an "8".

2. Fold the top down to the bottom...

3. And up and out through the lower opening in the 8.

Tie a Butterfly knot to create loops in rope midpoints

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