Standard Shoelace Knot

Also known as the “Bunny Rabbit” or the “Loop, Swoop and Pull” knot, this is probably the most common method for tying shoelaces. Make a loop with one end, wrap the other end around and pull a loop through the “hole” in the middle.

Completed Starting Knot

Step 1:

Begin with a regular Left-over-Right Starting Knot.

Standard Shoelace Knot diagram 1

Step 2:

Make the right (blue) end into a “loop” by simply doubling it back onto itself.

Standard Shoelace Knot diagram 2

Step 3:

Take the left (yellow) end and pass it around to the right, going behind the right loop.

Standard Shoelace Knot diagram 3

Step 4:

Continue the left (yellow) end around the right loop to end up in front.

Standard Shoelace Knot diagram 4

Step 5:

Start to push the left (yellow) lace into the “hole” that has just been made.

Standard Shoelace Knot diagram 5

Step 6:

The yellow lace comes out through the back of the hole to form a right (yellow) loop.

Standard Shoelace Knot diagram 6

Step 7:

Grab hold of both loops and pull tight to complete the knot.

Finished Knot

Finished Standard Shoelace Knot

The finished “Standard Shoelace Knot” is identical to either the Two Loop Shoelace Knot or my own Ian Knot, the World's Fastest Shoelace Knot.

NOTE: If your finished knot comes out crooked, it's probably because you tie your Starting Knot the opposite way to mine. This will result in an un-balanced “Granny Knot”, which both sits crooked and comes undone more easily. See my Granny Knot page for more information.

Technical Details

Technical Name

This knot appears in The Ashley Book of Knots as #1212 and #1214, “The Bowknot”, where it is described as "... the universal means of fastening shoe-strings together." However, Ashley does not illustrate the steps, and only briefly describes the procedure (which is actually more like the Two Loop Shoelace Knot).

Other Names for the Standard Knot

1. “Bunny Rabbit (Around The Tree) Knot”

This name refers to the story that is often used to help children remember the steps:

  1. First create the tree roots (tie the Starting Knot);
  2. Next create the tree trunk (form the first loop);
  3. Rabbit runs around the tree (wrap the loose end around the loop);
  4. Rabbit sees you and hops into the hole (feed through the hole);
  5. Rabbit escapes out the back (emerge and pull tight).

As far as I know, there is no actual "bunny rabbit" shoelace tying song or rhyme. Instead, it was only ever told as a simple story.

2. “Loop, Swoop and Pull Knot”

This name refers to the three main stages of this knot:

  1. Loop one end;
  2. Swoop the other end around the loop;
  3. Pull a loop through the "hole" formed by the swoop.

This name possibly originates from the 2006 book of the same name, and was popularized after being used several times in the 1999 movie Big Daddy.

3. “One Loop Shoelace Knot”

This name is generally only used in discussions where the knot is being compared to the Two Loop Shoelace Knot and simply differentiates the One Loop / Two Loop variants.

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