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Eye Splicing Illustrated - Making a Permanent Loop in a Rope

Updated on May 26, 2014

Tying the Eye Splice

Cut the end of the rope evenly.
Cut the end of the rope evenly.
Untwist the strands on the end of the rope about 6 or 7 inches.
Untwist the strands on the end of the rope about 6 or 7 inches.
Grasp the rope at the point where you want the end to attach to the shaft of the rope.
Grasp the rope at the point where you want the end to attach to the shaft of the rope.
Twist up a loop and insert one of the strands under the loop.
Twist up a loop and insert one of the strands under the loop.
Take the strand next to first one, twist apart the shaft and push the second strand from end of the rope under the raised loop.
Take the strand next to first one, twist apart the shaft and push the second strand from end of the rope under the raised loop.
Push the third strand under the next loop so that each end strand passes through adjacent loops.
Push the third strand under the next loop so that each end strand passes through adjacent loops.
Take the first end strand over the shaft strand next to where it emerges from the shaft, twist up the shaft and push it under the next strand.
Take the first end strand over the shaft strand next to where it emerges from the shaft, twist up the shaft and push it under the next strand.
Do the same with the second end strand indicated and push it over the adjacent shaft strand and under the loop following the arrow.
Do the same with the second end strand indicated and push it over the adjacent shaft strand and under the loop following the arrow.
Finish pushing all three end strands under the loops as shown and you still have 2 or 3 inches sticking out.
Finish pushing all three end strands under the loops as shown and you still have 2 or 3 inches sticking out.
Twist open the strands of the shaft again and push each end strand over the adjacent shaft strand and under the next one.  Do all three and you've finished the splice.
Twist open the strands of the shaft again and push each end strand over the adjacent shaft strand and under the next one. Do all three and you've finished the splice.
When finished the spliced eye looks like this.
When finished the spliced eye looks like this.

Practical Eye Splicing

Tying an eye splice looks harder than it really is.  Once you have in your mind the over and under weave pattern you use to interlace the loose strands from the end into the strands in the shaft, tying the splice becomes a matter of repeating the twist of the rope followed by the insertion of a strand under the loop you've raisedl.

The end of the rope is cut cleanly to facilitate the insertion of the end strands into the rope shaft so it will make a permanent loop in the end of the rope. 

Simply untwist the rope at the point in the shaft where you want to connect the end of the loop. Lay the three strands side by side, right, left and center. Start with the center strand. Twist up a loop in the shaft of the rope and tuck the center end strand under the loop and back out.

Take the strand to the left of the center strand, twist up the rope and tuck the left strand under the raised loop to the left of the one the center strand is tucked under. The rope goes under the loop from toward the end up toward the shaft of the rope, just like the center strand did.

Now take the right strand and bring it around behind the shaft strand that is to the left of the shaft strand that the center strand is tucked under. Twist open the strands and push the final strand under the free loop (the one that hasn't had a rope tucked under it yet;.

Now simply repeat with all three end strands by going over the shaft strand next to where they emerge from the shaft and under the next strand over as shown. Keep weaving in and out going around the shaft of the rope one row at a time.Go till you have as much of the end strands tucked under shaft strands as possible. If there are shaggy ends sticking out that you can't tuck, wrap a piece of duct tape around loose ends to secure the eye splice or wrap the end of the splice with laced cord.

An eye splice braided in this fashion is stronger than a knot. The more weight and pressure you put on it, the stronger the spice becomes.




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