How to tie a noose

How to Tie a Noose Knot

Despite its ominous name, this knot was mostly used by hunters to snare birds and small game.


  • Step 1: Make loop Make a loop by crossing one end of the rope—or “working end”—over the remaining rope—or “standing end.”
  • Step 2: Form smaller loop Pass the working end horizontally behind the loop, forming a smaller loop at the base of the larger loop.
  • Step 3: Poke end through small loop Bring the working end around the front and poke it down through the smaller loop.
  • Step 4: Tighten knot Pull the working end to tighten the knot, creating an adjustable loop. You’re ready to snare.
  • FACT: The word “noose” is believed to originate from the Old French word nous, meaning “knots.”

You Will Need

  • A single length of rope
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