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Reef Knot Flip Book
Reef Knot step 1
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1 Begin with two short ends;
2 Cross ends, right (blue) over left;
3 Wrap left (blue) end around back;
4 Feed through and pull ends tight.

Finished Knot
Finished Reef Knot picture

The finished Reef Knot with two very short ends. It would be nearly impossible to make such short ends into long enough loops to tie a Standard Shoelace Knot.

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Standard Knot Standard Knot

Regular shoelace knot done with loops, which requires more length.

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