Two Loop Shoelace Knot
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.
Tie a Left-over-Right Starting Knot as shown, then make both ends into "loops" by simply doubling them back onto themselves. People often refer to these as "Bunny Ears".
Cross the two loops over each other so that the right (blue) loop ends up in front and the left (yellow) loop ends up behind. The yellow loop is now the right loop.
Begin to wrap the right (yellow) loop around the left (blue) loop to end up in front.
Start to feed the right (yellow) loop into the "hole" that has just been made. This is really the same as if you were tying a regular shoelace knot, except that you are working with a loop instead of a loose end.
With the right (yellow) loop now through the "hole", grab hold of both loops and start to pull the knot tight.
Notice that the loose end of the right (yellow) loop drops back down to the front left, making the finished knot exactly the same as if you'd used the regular one-loop method.
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.
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."
The technique is also commonly referred to as the "Bunny Ears" method, which refers to the story that is often used to help children remember the steps:
- First create the bunny's mouth (tie the Starting Knot);
- Next create the bunny's ears (form the two loops);
- Cross the bunny's ears (cross one ear over the other);
- Tie the bunny's ears (tie them into a knot).
As far as I know, there is no actual "bunny ears" shoelace tying song or rhyme, rather, it was only ever told as a simple story.
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