How to Tie a Hangman's Noose Knot

Probably the most iconic of knots, this knot is easy to make and absorbs movement and shock extremely well.


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Knowing how to tie a proper knot is a wonderful skill that always comes in handy. In this video series, you'll learn how to tie a square knot, a clove hitch knot, a fisherman's knot, a two half hitch knot, a noose knot, an overhand knot, a manharness knot, a hangman's noose knot, a cow hitch knot, a figure 8 knot, and much more.

You Will Need

  • A single length of rope


  1. Step 1

    Create bight

    Create a large "U"-shaped bend—or "bight" tipped on its left side—with the end of the rope.

  2. This knot requires a minimum of seven turns, so leave plenty of rope after your bight to work with.

  3. Step 2

    Create another bight

    Create another bight at the end of the first one bending back in the opposite direction. The rope should look like an "S," with all three legs parallel to each other.

  4. Step 3

    Wrap end over legs

    Put the end of the rope under all three legs, and then wrap the end over the three legs. This is considered one "turn."

  5. Step 4

    Continue wrapping

    Continue wrapping the end of the rope around all three legs (coiling it upwards) at least six more times, tightening each turn one by one as you make it.

  6. You can make more than seven turns, but always use an odd number so you can finish off the knot properly.

  7. Step 5

    Finish turns

    When you're done making your turns, there should be a little bit of rope left over at the end, and the top of the second bight should be just poking out above the topmost turn, forming a loop.

  8. Step 6

    Pass end through loop

    Pass the very end of the rope through this loop from front to back.

  9. Step 7


    To tighten, pull down on the right-hand edge of the noose created by the first bight.

  10. Being a hangman or executioner used to be a family profession in France.