How to Make a Lasso Lariat Rope

Updated February 21, 2017

A lariat, commonly called a lasso, is the loop of rope that cowboys use to lasso cattle or other animals. A Honda knot is used to tie a lariat. It is usually called a "Honda," and requires only a few steps to make. The loop on a lariat is widened by hand, circled over the head and thrown toward the animal. When the loop lands over the animal's neck, the lariat is tightened with a tug. A lariat acts like a leash and collar. It is easily loosened to remove from the neck.

Create a loop in the rope. The shorter end should be pointing to the right and underneath the longer end.

Pull the shorter end through the loop and back out again, keeping it pointing to the right. You just tied an overhand knot. Do not tighten the knot.

Hold the knot in your hand. Make sure the shorter end of the rope is pointing up, and the longer end is pointing down.

Slip your pointer finger between the loop and the shorter end of the rope. Bring the shorter end over the loop and through the area where your pointer finger rests.

Pull on the shorter end to tighten the knot. Hold the loop with your other hand. You still want that loop. You have just tied the Honda. Make sure you can loosen and tighten the knot by pulling on the ends and loop.

Pass one of the ends through the loop of the Honda and create a second loop. This loop will become your lariat. Tighten the loop of the Honda knot so it is tight to the second loop. Make sure you can tighten and loosen the lariat.


To guarantee that the lariat will not come loose while roping, tie a stopper knot with the shorter end of the rope.


A lariat is like a noose. Do not try to rope pets or people.

Things You'll Need

  • Rope
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Marilla Mulwane has been writing professionally since 2005. She has published a fantasy novel for young adults and writes articles on literature, pets, video games and tattoos. Her poetry has been featured on the website and products for the nonprofit organization HALos. She graduated from the State University of New York, Oneonta with a Bachelor of Arts in English and creative writing.