Halloween Shoelace Knot

A decorative knot that makes the perfect finishing touch for a Halloween outfit or for other "creepy" occasions: Tie your shoelaces with these miniature "Hangman's Nooses".

Halloween Shoelace Knot diagram 1

Step 1:

Tie a Left-over-Right Starting Knot as shown, then make the right (blue) end into a "loop" by simply doubling it back onto itself, exactly as is done with the Standard Shoelace Knot.

Halloween Shoelace Knot diagram 2

Step 2:

Take the left (yellow) end and lay it alongside the right (blue) loop. Hold this lace and the sides of the loop together as one triple-thickness section of shoelace.

Halloween Shoelace Knot diagram 3

Step 3:

Begin to wind the loose (yellow) end tightly around that triple section of lace, starting from about half way down the loop and working back towards the starting knot.

Halloween Shoelace Knot diagram 4

Step 4:

Continue winding the loose (yellow) end around until it reaches the very bottom, forming a tight coil of shoelace.

Halloween Shoelace Knot diagram 5

Step 5:

When there is only the tiniest gap remaining at the very bottom, stop winding and feed the loose (yellow) end through the gap.

Final Adjustments

The top of the loop (blue) can be used for adjustments. Pulling one side will tighten the bottom of the coil, whereas pulling the other side will adjust the size of the loop and the length of the loose (blue) end.

It may take some experimentation to get the end lengths the same. Alternatively, the coiled (yellow) end can be kept very short so that the end barely protrudes. Again, this requires some experimentation to get it just right.

Finished Knot

Finished Halloween Shoelace Knot picture 1

Unlike the above diagrams, which are somewhat "open" to show what goes where, the actual knot should be tightly coiled so that it holds together firmly.

Technical Details

Untying the Halloween Knot

To untie, pull on the non-coiled (blue) end until the loop is pulled all the way through the coil. The noose will then unravel and the whole lot will simply fall apart.

Finished Halloween Shoelace Knot picture 2

Twin Halloween Knots

Rather than combining the two ends into the one noose, it's also possible to make each end into a separate noose. Besides looking interesting, each noose can be slipped tight or loosened individually, which is very quick (though not very secure).

Untying the Twin Halloween Knots

Each of these is even easier to untie than the regular Halloween Knot - simply pull the coiled section upwards until the loop disappears through the coil and the noose simply falls apart.

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