Somewhat bulkier than an overhand knot, the figure-eight knot is a better stopper and less likely to jam.
To cast a figure-eight knot, make an overhand loop and pass the bitter end under and up through the loop as in an overhand knot, but go 180 degrees farther in the last tuck as shown in the illustration.
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Original materials used with thanks to Irene Rodriguez and John Bennett