Decorative lacing whose outline resembles fish swimming alternately left and right, like those from Dutch artist M.C. Escher.
Lacing Technique – Variation 1 – for even numbers of eyelet pairs
• Begin straight across on the inside (grey section) and out through the bottom eyelets. Adjust so that the left (blue) end is slightly longer than the right (yellow) end.
• The left (blue) end runs diagonally across and up two eyelets (skip past one eyelet) on the outside, then straight down on the inside and out through the next lower eyelet.
• The blue end then runs diagonally across and up three eyelets (skip past two eyelets) on the outside, then straight down on the inside and out through the next lower eyelet. Repeat all the way to the top of the shoe, with the final diagonal running across and up only two eyelets, passing under the side and out through the top eyelet.
• The right (yellow) end snakes through the remaining empty eyelets, alternating between running diagonally across and up on the outside, then straight up on the inside. The final diagonal runs under the side and out through the top eyelet.
• Variation 1 is for shoes with even numbers of eyelet pairs.
• Variation 2 is for shoes with odd numbers of eyelet pairs, using vertical segments at the inside-top.
Harder to tighten
27% longer ends (approx.)
• The left and right shoes can be laced in reverse (mirror image) so as to end up with a symmetrical look.
Shoelace Lengths for Escher Lacing
|Pairs of eyelets:||2||3||4||5||6||7||8|
|Length needed:||(N/A)||(N/A)||86 cm
Shorter shoelaces needed than those for basic Criss Cross Lacing.
Longer ends if existing shoelaces are re-used (+27% on average).
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