Standard Shoelace Knot

Also known as the "Around The Tree Shoelace Knot" or simply the "Bowknot"
Of all the shoelace tying techniques, this is by far the most common: Make a loop with one end, wrap the other end around it and pull a loop through the "hole" in the middle. This is how most children are taught to tie their shoelaces.
These diagrams are all drawn as though looking down at your own shoes while tying, and are color-coded to make it easier to follow where the lace runs. The lace end that starts on the left side is Blue and the end that starts on the right side is Yellow. For color-blind visitors, Blue=Dark=Left, Yellow=Light=Right.
Step 1:
Standard Shoelace Knot diagram 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.
Step 2:
Standard Shoelace Knot diagram 2
Take the left (yellow) end and pass it around to the right, going behind the right loop.
Step 3:
Standard Shoelace Knot diagram 3
Continue the left (yellow) end around the right loop to end up in front.
Step 4:
Standard Shoelace Knot diagram 4
Start to feed the left (yellow) lace into the "hole" that has just been made.
Step 5:
Standard Shoelace Knot diagram 5
With the left (yellow) lace now through the "hole", grab hold of both loops and start to pull the knot tight.
Step 6:
Standard Shoelace Knot diagram 6
Continue pulling on the loops until the knot is firmly tied.


Finished Knot

Finished Two Loop Shoelace Knot picture If tied correctly, the finished "Standard Shoelace Knot" should look like this and is identical to either the Ian Knot, the World's Fastest Shoelace Knot or the Two Loop Shoelace Knot.
NOTE: If your finished knot comes out crooked, it's probably because you tied your Starting Knot the opposite way. This will result in an un-balanced "Granny Knot", which both sits crooked and comes undone more easily. See the Slipping Shoelace Knots page for more information.

This shoelace tying information has been provide by Ian Fieggen.


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