Two Loop Shoelace Knot

Also known as a "Bowknot"
Commonly referred to as a "Bunny Ears" shoelace knot (due to its two loops): Make a loop with both ends, then simply tie a knot with them. It's often tied incorrectly, resulting in an un-balanced Granny Knot.
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:
Two Loop Shoelace Knot diagram 1
Tie a Left-over-Right Starting Knot as shown, then make both ends into "loops" by simply doubling them back onto themselves. People often refer to these as "Bunny Ears".
Step 2:
Two Loop Shoelace Knot diagram 2
Cross the two loops over each other so that the right (blue) loop ends up in front and the left (yellow) loop ends up behind. The yellow loop is now the right loop.
Step 3:
Two Loop Shoelace Knot diagram 3
Begin to wrap the right (yellow) loop around the left (blue) loop to end up in front.
Step 4:
Two Loop Shoelace Knot diagram 4
Start to feed the right (yellow) loop into the "hole" that has just been made. This is really the same as if you were tying a regular shoelace knot, except that you are working with a loop instead of a loose end.
Step 5:
Two Loop Shoelace Knot diagram 5
With the right (yellow) loop now through the "hole", grab hold of both loops and start to pull the knot tight.
Step 6:
Two Loop Shoelace Knot diagram 6
Notice that the loose end of the right (yellow) loop drops back down to the front left, making the finished knot exactly the same as if you'd used the regular method.


Finished Knot

Finished Two Loop Shoelace Knot picture If tied correctly, the finished "Two Loop Shoelace Knot" should look like this and is identical to either the Standard Shoelace Knot or the Ian Knot, the World's Fastest 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.


*** Granny Knot Warning! ***

Kids find it easier to learn this "Two Loop Shoelace Knot" because the technique is so similar to the simple "half-knot" that they probably already know. Tie one half-knot (the Starting Knot), then form the ends into loops and tie a second half-knot (this Two Loop Knot).

Naturally, people tend to tie both of those stages in the same direction. For example, tying a left-over-right starting knot, then a left-over-right finishing bow. Unfortunately, this results in an un-balanced Granny Knot, which sits crooked and comes undone more easily.

It's important to know that the two stages of the knot ("Starting Knot" and "Finishing Bow") must be tied in opposite directions in order for the finished knot to be "balanced", which means it will sit straight and stay secure.

When teaching this knot, it's CRUCIAL to understand and teach the difference! Please see the Slipping Shoelace Knots page that discusses this in detail.

A second, unrelated problem is that kids will often be teased as they get older for using this "Kiddie's Knot", despite it being a perfectly good method if done correctly.

This shoelace tying information has been provide by Ian Fieggen.


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