Also known as a heaving line knot, the stevedore knot is a figure-eight knot with an extra turn. What it lacks in weight, it gains in speed and ease of tying. This knot also unties easily.
A. Near the end of the rope, make a closed bight and twist the loop three half turns while holding the bitter end and the working part. Feed the bitter end back through the loop.
B. Pull the end up to form the knot.
C. The finished knot
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Original materials used with thanks to Irene Rodriguez and John Bennett