Surgeon's Knot Flip Book

Surgeon's Shoelace Knot diagram

Also known as the “Tibetan Trekking Knot” or “Sherpa Knot”, this is the most common secure shoelace knot. Make a Standard Shoelace Knot, but before pulling tight, run the loop around and through the middle for a second time.

Begin with regular “Starting Knot”
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Begin with regular “Starting Knot”.
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Fold right (blue) end into a “loop”.
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Pass left (yellow) end behind loop.
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Finish wrapping around the loop.
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Push left (yellow) loop into “hole”.
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Loop emerges out the right side.
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Wrap loop a second time.
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Feed loop through a second time.
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Pull tight to complete the knot.

Finished Knot

Finished Surgeon's Shoelace Knot

The finished Surgeon's Shoelace Knot should look identical to my Ian's Secure Shoelace Knot – a tight, closed knot with a symmetrical double wrap around the middle, as compared to the single wrap of simpler shoelace knots.

NOTE: Because of the non-symmetrical way of tying this knot, the result may look somewhat different. This depends on how readily the laces “rearrange” themselves during tightening.

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