Two Loop Knot Feedback

Two Loop Shoelace Knot diagram

Also known as the “Bunny Ears” shoelace knot (due to its two loops) or as the “Bowknot”. Make a loop with both ends, then simply tie a knot with them. It's often tied incorrectly, resulting in an un-balanced Granny Knot.

What Others Have Said

The following are excerpts from some of the many e-mails that I've received about the Two Loop Shoelace Knot – mostly about finding it easier to learn or teach, plus many from people who were tying it incorrectly as a Granny Knot, which sits crooked and tends to come loose.

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I've spent my whole life doing the two loop (Granny Knot) method and have stopped buying lace up shoes as they take longer to put on. I may now go back to wearing lace up shoes as the “Ian Knot” method is so quick and easy!

– Katie C., Jun-2020

My (left handed) son needed to learn how to tie his own shoes and I found it difficult to teach him. The asymmetry of the Round the Tree method is confusing ;-/

By accident I found out about the Bunny Ears method. Much more symmetric, but still difficult to make tight.

– Bastiaan B., The Netherlands, Nov-2018

I also learned the right way to tie the bunny ears tying technique without ending up with a granny knot!

– Razin F., Assam, India, Aug-2016

I grew up knowing only the bunny ears method for tying laces. I am trying to learn the ian knot with some practice. My hope is to teach it to my son so he learns the Ian knot instead of bunny ears or the standard method.

– Sonia S., Pennsylvania, USA, Aug-2016

I finally figured out where I was going wrong, I was using the two loop “bunny ears” method and I was repeating the same left over right on both knots to do a granny. With your help, I got it down pat and finally mastered the standard shoelace knot tying method too (yes, my parents never bothered to teach me the standard knot tying technique!)

– S.T., Penang, Malaysia, Sep-2014

I periodically hear people claim that they think the so called “bunny ear” method of tying shoes is out of date()? I'm not sure what that means, and id previously never heard of “bunny ears”... I just thought it was tying a bow.

– Wendy C., New York, USA, Apr-2014

WOW!! Thank you Thank you!

I just finished my time with the 9 year old boy [autistic]
I had your illustrations printed out and the video set up
He laughed watching the Ian knot -- so fast!
We then watched the bunny ear video he quickly replied “I want to do that”
He only needed prompting the first time-- how big to make the loops-- after he refused help and said he could learn this himself!
sure enough he tied both shoes--
He took his shoes off to watch his “reward movie”
When his mother came to pick him up he said “Better get my shoes on!”
He sat on the floor and in less than 30 seconds both shoes were on and tied!
His mother was surprised! -- as was I.

He wanted to add this message to the Thank you note

“I learned to tie my shoes with your knot. Thank you it took three times.”

– Laurie P., Arizona, USA, Feb-2014

At least until discovering your site, I've always tied my shoes using the “Two Loop” method (“Bunny Ears”). It's the way I was taught. Friends have made fun of me for this over the years. Is there something inherently childish or incorrect about the “Two Loop”?

– Seth R., USA, Sep-2013

I was 4 years old when my Aunt June taught me the “bunny ears” method because I couldn't get the “around and loop” concept.

– Mike P., Nov-2012

I've always used the two loop knot--I learned it as a little boy from a kids' T.V. show called Romper Room, which was American so you probably wouldn't know it unless they had an Australian version--and although I knew the bunny ears were considered a knot for children, I never saw any reason to change (and in New York, where I live, who the hell cares?).

– Paul S., USA, Jul-2011

I always tied my laces using Bunny Ears and often had the problem of laces becoming untied.

I found your recommended secure knot method to be relatively easy to implement and that it required only a slight modification from the bunny ears to achieve it.

– Akheel K., Mauritius, Sep-2009

My shoelaces no longer untie themselves now that I've learned about the two loop knot.

– Michael P., Aug-2009

I'd always tied my shoes the “bunny ears” way, and never even realized that the Granny knot was the cause of utmost frustration throughout my childhood. A born perfectionist, I was always very very very angry when the bow turned out lopsided...

– Julia P., May-2009

Back in 1st grade I was taught the “Two Loop Knot” I hated this knot. It didn't sit right and would never keep. It was not till I saw your site and learned I've been using the dreaded granny knot for the past 22 years. Thank you for fixing the way I tie my shoes!

– David R., Apr-2009

You know, my daughter got it right the first try with the bunny ears method! Oddly, on the second try she screwed up, but you should have seen her face after that first one, wow, thank you for that moment.

She is very proud of herself!

– Michael P., New York, USA, Jun-2008

Anyhow, turns out I've just always been making Granny Knots because I was taught the two loop shoelace knot method, but never taught (or never learned) to reverse the starting knot.

– Alan C., Mar-2008

When tying by the “bunny ears” method, I try to keep the first crossing tight by using my little fingers as hooks to pull on the ends while my thumbs, index fingers, and middle fingers form and tie the loops.

– Ronald C., USA, Mar-2008

I tie my shoes in the standard shoelace knot, but was having a heck of a time trying to teach something to an impatient six year old that I have never given much thought to myself.

I gave up and tried the bunny ear method. But the knots were messy and came undone. I simply concluded that either this was an inferior method or that I was doing it wrong.

So today I set out to educate myself on shoelace tying. Hence I found you. (Thank the Lord!)

And I was stunned to discover that when I tried to teach my son the two loop method, I was doing the Granny Knot!! Who Knew?!?!?!

– Janice C., USA, Feb-2008

In kindergarten, for whatever reason, I couldn't get the hang of tying my shoes for love nor money! I'm guessing the teacher was trying to teach me the standard shoelace knot. Finally one day she taught me the “bunny ears” knot, and that's how I tie my shoes today, at age 58! I should probably take a look at the site and at least give some other methods a try!

– Andrew B., California, USA, Jan-2008

My son struggled for years trying to learn to tie his shoes. I spend some time trying to teach him the old bunny ears method and failed. He had occupational therapy and didn't learn to tie his shoes there either. But, an hour with a shoe and your website and he can tie his shoes. Not sure it would work so well for all kids, but your good graphics did the trick for him.

– Barbara H., Nov-2007

Came across your site after someone told me that there is another way to tie a shoe then using a “Bunny Ears loop”. Never even knew there was another way or that this one is called a Bunny Ears loop (funny name too!).

– Andy C., Belgium, Jul-2007

People are pretty adamant about being 1-loop versus 2-loop people. Your site is great for indicating other ways. I personally am a 2-loop (bunny ears) person, but I do believe the 1-loop method is more robust.

– Jeanine M., New York, USA, Feb-2007

Since learning the proper techniques today, my preschooler tied his shoes using the “Two Loop (Bunny Ears) Knot” and I have mastered your “Secure Shoelace Knot,” the “Ian Knot,” and many others.

– “Mom-in-need”, USA, Jun-2006

I am a devout believer in the Bunny Ear method. Sure my laces come undone all the time, but it's how my Dad tied his laces. So if it was good enough for him, it's good enough for me!

– Colleen, New Jersey, USA, Jun-2006

I LOVE your website not only for the lacing methods, but for the tying methods, too. I used to do the bunny ear way, but I never quite understood the “real” way. My friend said the bunny ear was was so “retarded” and “stupid”. Well, now I know the more secure way.

– Nira K., Jun-2006

When I was a child of about six years I still could not tie my shoes... Finally my father managed to show me the trick: the Two Loop Shoelace Knot. But I only learnd the false version of it: the slip knot. I mostly managed by tying a second knot over it. Only when I got to my thirties and became a yachtsman I realized that I had used a false version and how to correct it.

– Andreas F., Germany, May-2006

As a child, I had found the two loop method more sensible, given that it requires consistent tasks for both the left and right hand. What I learned from your site is that I've been tying slip knots all my life. Well here I am, Forty-seven years old, and I've just learned to tie my shoe laces properly today -- thanks to you!

Interestingly (to me anyway) I had passed my double-loop method on to my children, and I've discovered that they too were often tying slip-knots!!! So through your web-site, you've likely saved countless generations of my progeny from experiencing the pain and suffering that results from bad shoe lace tying...

– Matt D., Northern Illinois, USA, Mar-2006

Actually, this is the only way I knew for years how to tie a bow. I was the only left-hander in the family and this is the way my mom taught me. My kids always got a huge laugh that I still tied “bunny ears” – but, they liked it and found it easier than the “conventional” way.

– Bonnie S., Oct-2005

I'm 48, and I never learned to tie my shoes correctly. I did the two loop method. I considered looking for a children's book to teach me, then figured it's got to be on the net. I tried the Ian Knot and the Secure Knot,and I love them both. Now I feel like I have secret (superior) knowledge to everyone who did learn when they were kids.

– Kathy W., Maryland, USA, Sep-2005

I am always amazed that my husband can still only tie his shoes by looping the 2 “bunny ears” but I obviously wasn't taught correctly either.

– Amber P., Mar-2005

For over thirty years, I've had problems with my shoelaces coming undone. Some friends claimed that it was because I used the “rabbit ear” method of tying, but I never had any luck with the “standard” method either. Other friends suggested that I wasn't pulling tightly enough, but sometimes I pulled the laces so tightly that they broke -- yet my shoes still did not stay tied. Every day I wore shoes with ugly, bulky, crooked “double knots” that never failed to come undone. Interestingly, when my husband (who never had this problem) laced and tied my hiking boots, they stayed tied, but when he retied my street shoes (without re-doing the starting knot, as I'm sure you've guessed), they came undone just as quickly as ever. I was starting to think that there might be something wrong with the way I moved my foot when I walked. Then I came across your website, and sure enough, I had been tying “slip” knots every time. Your site also explained why my husband could sometimes tie my shoes (when he started from scratch) and sometimes not (when he used my starting knot, which apparently had the same orientation as his second knot).

Today I tied my shoes with the “rabbit ear” method but with half knots of opposite orientation (being an experimental scientist, I had to confirm that symmetry had indeed been the problem) and they stayed tied all day. (My normal knots last about ten minutes.)

– Susan D., Switzerland, Dec-2004

I was taught the two-loop method by a kindergarten schoolmate who saw I could not execute the one-loop method and took pity. For 50 years I have assumed that my laces came untied because the two-loop knot was inferior. I felt I was paying the price for taking the “easy way”, but was embarrassed to seek help.

Your website was an astonishment. The two-loop knot is not inferior if done properly, in fact it is identical to its one-loop cousin; and merely reversing the starting knot solves my problem! My intuition still does not grasp why this works, but I gratefully acknowledge that it does.

– Van S., Nov-2004

I am looking forward to teaching my 6 year old the Two Loop Knot, she has problems with the traditional knot.

– Nancy H., Texas, USA, Oct-2004

As a child learning to ties shoes I could never see through peoples fingers to understand what was being demonstrated with a standard knot – so I learned the double loop method. It wasn't until I was a young adult that I learned to tie the standard knot, I believe because friends would tease me for “not knowing how to tie my shoes”.

– Sean O., Pennsylvania, USA, Sep-2004

I really liked your knot and thought it was simple and economical. Maybe I'd use it for myself, but I was looking for the best technique for my special ed. students and think that this way requires too much of them cognitively. In that case, the old “two loop” over and under method will probably work best.

– Mary J., Brooklyn, NY, Sep-2004

Love the site, but I still need further encouragement to usher me from the trusty two loop.

– Mark Y., UK, Aug-2004

I used to use the 2 bunny ear method taught to little kids up until I was in my twenties.

– David Z., Jun-2004

I was so hopeless at shoelaces that in high school I used those fozzie bear knot holders sold for children. it's nice to see by your list I've been using the “bunny ear” method, and I've found that if you bunny ear it again it stays pretty good.

– A., Mar-2004

The way almost all children do it is with two long bunny ears knotting them together twice, often into a granny, and then a third knot to keep them tied.

– Arthur J., California, USA, Sep-2003

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