Halloween Shoelace Knot

Halloween Shoelace Knot diagram

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”.

Step 1:

Begin with regular “Starting Knot”

Begin with a regular Left-over-Right Starting Knot.

Step 2:

Fold right (blue) end into a “loop”

Make the right (blue) end into a “loop” by simply doubling it back onto itself.

Step 3:

Hold left (yellow) end alongside

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.

Step 4:

Wind left (yellow) end around

Wrap the left (yellow) loose end once around that triple section of lace, starting from about half way down the loop.

Step 5:

Continue winding tightly around

Wrap the left (yellow) loose end once more around, with the second wrap immediately below the first wrap.

Step 6:

Wrap until tiny gap left at bottom

Continue winding the loose (yellow) end around until it reaches the bottom. Try to wrap very tightly and snugly against the previous wraps, forming a tight “coil” of lace.

Step 7:

Feed loose end through the gap

When there is only the tiniest gap remaining at the very bottom, stop winding and feed the loose (yellow) end through the gap. Hold the coil and pull the top of the loop to tighten the knot.

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.

Technical Details

Untying the Halloween Shoelace Knot

To untie, pull on the non-coiled (blue) loose end. This will shorten the loop, eventually pulling it all the way back out of the coil. The noose will then unravel and the whole lot will simply fall apart.

Twin Halloween Shoelace Knots

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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 Twin Halloween Shoelace Knots

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

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