Starting Knot

Starting Knot diagram

All of the shoelace knots shown on this website use the same “Left-over-Right Starting Knot”. Here's how to tie this basic knot, known as a “Half Knot” or “Overhand Knot”.

Step 1:

Cross ends, left (blue) over right

Cross the left (blue) end over the right (yellow) end. The left (blue) end is now on the right side.

Step 2:

Wrap right (blue) end around back

Begin to wrap the right (blue) end around the front of the left (yellow) lace to end up at the back of the gap between the laces.

Step 3:

Feed right (blue) end through gap

Feed the right (blue) end through the gap to emerge at the front right-hand side.

Step 4:

Pull tight to complete the knot

Pull both ends tight to complete the knot.

Finished Knot

Finished Starting Knot

The finished Starting Knot is basically the two shoelace ends twisted together as they pass by each other at the middle of the shoe.

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