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 right (blue) loop over the left (yellow) loop so that the blue loop sits in front and is now the left loop.
The yellow loop is now the right loop. Begin to wrap that loop around the left (blue) loop to end up in front.
Start to push the right (yellow) loop into the "hole" below the two loops. This is really the same as if you were tying a regular shoelace knot except that you are working with a pre-formed loop instead of forming the loop on the way through.
The right (yellow) loop comes out through the back of the hole.
Grab hold of both loops and pull tight to complete the knot. 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."
Other Names for the Two Loop Knot
1. Bunny Ears
This name refers to the story that is often used to help children remember the steps:
- First create the bunny's nose/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. Instead, it was only ever told as a simple story.
2. Loop de Loop
This name originated in 2000 in the children's cartoon series "SpongeBob SquarePants". The episode Your Shoe's Untied includes a catchy song (written by the band Ween) titled "Loop de Loop" (optionally "Loop dee Loop", as seen in the cartoon).
The cartoon never clearly shows the actual tying method, so it's impossible to verify that this refers to the "Two Loop Shoelace Knot". The only clues are the two occurrences of "Loop" in the title plus the lyrics mentioning: "Like bunny ears or a Christmas bow".
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