How to Make a Cowboy Lasso: 10 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Make a Cowboy Lasso: 10 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Make a Cowboy Lasso: 10 Steps (with Pictures)

A cowboy never leaves home without his best lasso. Whether you really need to wear it or are wearing a costume, knowing how to quickly tie a lasso can help you catch a skittish horse or lasso an ox before it runs away. Luckily, only one node is needed to start!


Part 1 of 2: Making a loop with the honda knot

Tie a Lasso Step 1

Step 1. Choose the length of the string

For a loop, the exact length of the rope is not important as long as you have enough length to tie the knot, form the loop, and swing it over your head. Any extra quantity can be rolled up and loaded with the rest. For adults, 9 meters is enough; for children a shorter rope will be better.

If you're just practicing, any type of rope will do. However, if you're actually going to use the loop, you'll want a thin, strong, and somewhat stiff rope. This rigidity makes the rope more difficult to tie. However, it is a desirable quality because it allows you to push the string to make adjustments to the loop size

Step 2. Make a simple knot

The first step in tying a bow is to make a simple knot. This is the basic type you probably use every day. To make one, simply create a circle with the rope and run one end of it through. Don't tighten this knot – leave it loose and give yourself plenty of room to work. You will modify the base node in the next steps. When done correctly, the rope should look like a big “O” with the knot loose at the bottom.

Step 3. Thread the long end of the rope into the knot

Pick up the smaller end, hold it and pass it around and over the big “O”. Tie this part of the rope between the outside of the “O” of the single knot and itself. Pull the rope about 15 centimeters. This will form a new circle that will be the base of the loop.

Step 4. Carefully tighten the knot without pulling all the rope

Pull the loose end of the string (the part you'll hold when looping something) and the new circle you just created. As you do this, be careful not to pull the end of the rope out of the knot. When finished, you will have a tight knot at the base of a small circle (with the end of the knot coming out of it). This is known as the “Honda node”.

Step 5. Thread the loose end of the rope through the Honda knot

Finally, simply run this tip through the small circle to create a functional loop. Whenever you pull on the loose end of the rope, the loop will get tighter to grab something.

Step 6. Make a plug knot (optional)

If you're creating a loop for fun or demonstrations, the job ends here. However, if you really intend to use it, you might want to make another knot to make it more durable and easier to use. In its current state, the loose end of the rope can be removed from the Honda knot, ending the loop. To avoid this, tie a plug knot at the end of the rope. A simple knot will do the job.

Part 2 of 2: Playing the Lasso

Tie to Lasso Step 7

Step 1. Grasp the loop

If you just hold the end of the string and start swinging, the string tension will close the loop before you can throw it. That's why it's important to use a tension that keeps the loop wide open while it's spinning. Hold it as described below:

  • Make a large circle by passing the rope through the Honda knot.
  • Leave about half a meter of rope beside the circle.
  • Take the circle and extra rope you left. This will create a double length of rope between the Honda knot and your hand.
  • Point your index finger down the double portion, towards the Honda node, for increased control.

Step 2. Swing your wrist over your head holding the rope

Hold it at the end of the double portion and start swinging it in a circle. Be careful not to hit your own head or wrap the rope around your neck. It's not difficult to keep the circle horizontal by swinging the rope quickly, but the speed can't be so great that it's difficult to control the loop.

Step 3. Release the rope when you feel the momentum is directed forward

Playing the lasso is more a matter of releasing it at the right moment than actually playing it. Try to release the rope the moment you feel the weight is directed forward – this does not necessarily mean the moment the circle is in front of you. Instead, it's usually when he's directly beside you.

When releasing, release the circle, but keep control of the rope so you can tighten the loop

Tie to Lasso Step 10

Step 4. Tighten the loop to secure your target

Once the circle is around the thing you want to catch, pull the string tightly. This will pass the loose rope through the Honda knot, tightening the loop on the object inside it.

Never use a loop on people or pets unless you are very experienced in this technique - there is a danger of choking and sore throat. It's difficult or impossible for someone to remove a lasso without help, so don't take the risk unless you know what you're doing


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