Two Stage Shoelace Knot

Two Stage Shoelace Knot diagram

This knot is made in two distinct stages. Make and secure one loop, then make and secure the other loop. The result is slightly more secure because it's less likely for both stages to come undone.

Step 1:

Begin with regular “Starting Knot”

Begin with a regular Left-over-Right Starting Knot.

Step 2:

Fold right (blue) end into a “loop”

Make the right (blue) end into a “loop” by simply doubling it back onto itself.

Step 3:

Pass left (yellow) end behind loop

Take the left (yellow) end and pass it around to the right, going behind the right loop.

Step 4:

Finish wrapping around the loop

Continue the left (yellow) end around the right loop to end up in front.

Step 5:

Feed left (yellow) end into “hole”

Start to push the left (yellow) lace into the “hole” that has just been made.

Up to this point, the knot is exactly the same as the Standard Shoelace Knot.

Step 6:

Loose end pulled all the way through

Unlike the Standard Shoelace Knot, the left (yellow) loose end is pulled all the way through the hole. The result is one long end (yellow) and one short end (blue) on the right-hand side.

This completes the first stage.

Step 7:

Fold right (yellow) end into a “loop”

Make the long (yellow) loose end into a loop by simply doubling it back onto itself.

Step 8:

Pass short (blue) end behind loop

Pass the short (blue) loose end behind the right (yellow) loop. This almost exactly replicates the positions of the blue loop and yellow loose end in Step (3).

Step 9:

Repeat wrap-around and feed-through

Repeat steps (4) and (5) to wrap the loose end around the loop to end up in front, then feed into the “hole” that has just been made.

Step 10:

Second stage pulled tight

With the loose end fed all the way through to the right, pull tight to complete the second stage.

Technical Details

Two Stage Knot Concept

The theory behind this knot is that the two loops are each created and secured in separate, distinct stages. This means that it also needs to be untied in two stages, making it slightly more secure. In the event that the ends are accidentally pulled, it's likely that only the latter of the two stages will come undone, leaving the knot half tied.


There's a different way to complete each “stage”: Instead of making the right (blue) end into a loop, leave it as a loose end. Then wrap the left (yellow) end around it and pull a loop through the hole, similar to the wrap-around + feed-through of a Standard Shoelace Knot.

Doing this will have formed the first “stage” differently. Rather than starting with a loop and ending with a loose end, it starts with a loose end and ends with a loop.

Two ways of doing each stage gives us four variations:

  • Method 1 for both stages;
  • Method 1 for the 1st stage and method 2 for the 2nd stage;
  • Method 2 for the 1st stage and method 1 for the 2nd stage;
  • Method 2 for both stages.

Each of those four variations would look and perform slightly differently. That said, each of them is still an equivalent Two Stage Shoelace Knot. The concept of this knot is that the two stages are done separately – regardless of the technique used for each stage. I'm not likely to ever go to the effort of creating separate diagrams and instructions for every variation.

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