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Better Bow Shoelace Knot
Another secure knot variation, again based on looping around more than once: Begin as for a Standard Shoelace Knot, only loop around twice before pulling through the loops thus made.
Step 1:
Better Bow Shoelace Knot diagram 1
Tie a Left-over-Right Starting Knot as shown, then make the right (blue) lace into a "loop" by simply doubling it back onto itself.
Step 2:
Better Bow Shoelace Knot diagram 2
Take the left (yellow) lace and pass it around to the right, going behind the right loop.
Step 3:
Better Bow Shoelace Knot diagram 3
Continue the left (yellow) lace around the right loop to end up in front. Up to this point, the knot is exactly the same as the Standard Shoelace Knot.
Step 4:
Better Bow Shoelace Knot diagram 4
Unlike the Standard Shoelace Knot, pass the left (yellow) lace around the back of the right (blue) loop for the second time.
Step 5:
Better Bow Shoelace Knot diagram 5
Continue the left (yellow) lace around the right loop to end up in front for the second time.
Step 6:
Better Bow Shoelace Knot diagram 6
The tricky part is to now feed the left (yellow) lace through the loop thus made. See below for a tip on how to make this a little easier.
Step 7:
Better Bow Shoelace Knot diagram 7
Keep feeding the left (yellow) lace through until a loop emerges on the right side.
Step 8:
Better Bow Shoelace Knot diagram 8
Now, simply pull the loops to tighten the knot. Like my Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot, the whole twisted mess of the previous drawing will rearrange itself into a neat finished knot.


Finished Knot
Finished Better Bow Shoelace Knot picture The finished knot should be a tight, closed knot with a double wrap around the middle, as compared to the single wrap of either my Ian Knot or any Standard Shoelace Knot.


Technical Details
Tying Tips:
The recommended method of creating this knot is to do Steps (3) through (5) with the right forefinger sitting alongside the right (blue) loop. When the left (yellow) lace is wrapped around the right (blue) loop, it is also wrapped around the right forefinger. At Step (6), withdraw the finger, feeding the left (yellow) lace into the hole where the finger was. The finger helps keep the loops open, but withdrawing the finger and feeding the lace through is still quite tricky!

As an alternative, the right thumb can be used instead of the forefinger, as the extra thickness creates larger loops through which to feed the lace. Better still, wrap the loops around the tips of the thumb and two fingers that are holding the right loop. At Step (6), when the left (yellow) lace is fed through the loops, those fingertips can grab the lace and pull it through.
Variations:
Steps (4) and (5) can be repeated several times to wrap the left (yellow) end multiple times around the right (blue) loop. This is useful for consuming excess shoelace.

Note that this variation only reduces the length of one end. If you want the knot to finish up even, you'll have to start with the ends uneven. In this case, the yellow end, which starts on the right side, should be longer.


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Related Links
Ian's Secure Knot Ian's Secure Knot
Similarly secure knot using a different technique (more symmetrical).
User-controllable Better Bow Knot animation Flip Book
User-controllable animation of the Better Bow Knot sequence.
Standard Knot Standard Knot
Simplified, less secure variation of this knot.

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