I came across this knot when it was used to tie a guy wire to a newly purchased light weight tent. I am reasonably knot savvy but have never come across it. It forms a non-slip loop when pulled up tight and is easy to tie.P3021237.jpg

  • That knot is what I usually refer to as tying a directional figure eight (ABOK #1443) wrong.
    – ShemSeger
    Commented Mar 4, 2019 at 15:46
  • @ShemSeger, it's not that. In a directional figure eight, the working loop is threaded through the same loop as one of the standing ends. In the question, the ends and the working loop are threaded through three different loops. Commented Sep 9, 2019 at 11:54
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    @AndreyMikhaylov-lolmaus Read my comment again.
    – ShemSeger
    Commented Sep 24, 2019 at 15:34

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I checked the Ashley Book of Knots, and as #1044 I find your knot.

A very compact loop tied with a bight, for use in the end only.

It does not have a name in that book but may have been named by someone since the book was finished in 1939, or published in 1944. Or even before, as even as careful as Clifford W. Ashley was, he did miss some names.

(As I did use a paper book I do not have a link for you.)

It is not, as now again suggested in an other answer, the Alpine butterfly. That knot has some similarity and will do the same kind of jobs, likely better. But it is a different knot.

  • Googling turns up this igkt.net/sm/…
    – Jasper
    Commented Mar 3, 2019 at 21:25
  • Thanks for finding that link @Jasper, but as it is a scan that is posted in a forum post I rather not put it in the answer as a picture. (I think the link is alright in a comment.)
    – Willeke
    Commented Mar 3, 2019 at 21:31
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    Here's a link to an online copy of ABOK: archive.org/details/TheAshleyBookOfKnots/page/n187
    – ShemSeger
    Commented Mar 4, 2019 at 15:40
  • @ShemSeger And it clearly shows that it's a different knot. :P Commented Sep 9, 2019 at 11:58
  • @AndreyMikhaylov-lolmaus So I was right? Pretty sure you read my comment wrong.
    – ShemSeger
    Commented Sep 24, 2019 at 15:35

Looking at the link provided by ShemSeger, I disagree that the knot in picture is actually the ABoK #1044.

I am not particularly knot-savvy, but basically, following the one in picture here, it starts (say from the left), makes the small loop on the right, builds the larger loop in the middle and then turns around the standing end on the left before plunging on the right loop.

ABoK #1044 would start from the left, go to back to the right and then build the larger loop from the left (and not from the right as in the picture), and then follows symmetrically.

To me, that looks more like a variant of the Artillery loop (ABoK #1050):

CC-BY-SA 3.0 Gareelsteek


Alpine Butterfly Knot.

Here's a how to tie for yourself.


  • Different knot, even though it would work instead of the knot in the question.
    – Willeke
    Commented Mar 9, 2019 at 19:13

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